observation bedA bed attached to an A&E department, outpatient department or operating theatre, which is used only for a few hours at a time. Observation beds are not staffed overnight and are not part of a hospital’s bed complement.
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observation bedHolding bed Hospital care A status recognized by third-party payers-eg Medicare, health insurance companies and others, in which a Pt is admitted to the hospital for a period of 23 hrs and 59 mins–or more, depending on the 3rd party with either a specific 'rule/out' diagnostic consideration–eg, appendicitis, angina, MI, or pneumonia; observation may also refer to a known Pt status, in which a previously diagnosed condition is managed under observation–eg, dehydration, anemia, etc; a popular term for a bed occupied by a person in an outpatient observation status. See Observation services.
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