abandoned patient

abandoned patient

a hospital patient whose owner cannot be located or is unwilling to take the patient away.
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A nurse may wish to take a 6-year-old abandoned patient home for a Thanksgiving dinner leave of absence.
We are worried by the increasing number of abandoned patients, mainly old men, as this is affecting our budget and space in the wards," the superintendent said.
One topic on the agenda: "Discussion on orthodontic continuation of care for abandoned patients.
Father Damien knew that serving these abandoned patients would be trying, but nothing prepared him for what he described as "the living cemetery that was Molokai.
FLEEING medical staff abandoned patients to a raging fire that killed 89 people in a seven-storey hospital in India, officials said last night.
This ward was built as a hospital and home for 65 abandoned patients.
Likewise, the fact that doctors can, in exceptional circumstances, refuse to treat patients does not necessarily entail a moral wrong, no matter how serious the consequences to the abandoned patients.
They sought out struggling, abandoned patients in the House speaker's own district and compared them to those at clean community centers and a brand new state facility in Kansas in strongly narrative, descriptive pieces.
Although he now wonders if he could have done anything to save people if he had stayed, "I'd rather be considered a person who abandoned patients than someone who aided in eliminating patients," King told CNN.
A DOCTOR abandoned patients in a Welsh hospital because he was hungry and wanted to go home, a consultant told a hearing yesterday.
State Plans to Refer Abandoned Patients to Haphazard and Cumbersome Network of Drug Industry's Patient Assistance Programs; AHF Fears Many Patients Will Fall Off Treatment