What is hospital?
Hospital is a health care institution/system,which will provide the medical treatment to the patients with specialized staff and medical equipment. The word hospital originates from the Latin hospes, means guest/stranger and the word patient means patior, which is to suffer.The abbreviation for the hospital is hosp. and H.
When you’re sick, you may go to the closest or near by hospital or the hospital where your doctor practices. But which hospital is the best for your individual needs?
How to choose best hospitals:
When it comes to choosing a hospital, many patients trust their doctor, who will generally direct them to the institution where he or she has privileges or other affiliations. Asking suggestions for friends and family is also a time-honored solution, and the reputation of a hospital in the community is an important indicator of their quality.One of the important ways to know hospitals is to look at hospital report cards developed by States and consumer groups.
Study on such reports found that in addition to helping consumers make informed decisions, they also encourage hospitals to improve their quality of care. This is a good reason to seek and use consumer information about hospitals. Some groups gather information on how well hospitals perform and how satisfied their patients are. More hospitals are trying to improve their quality of their care. One of the best way is to keep track of patient outcomes for certain procedures. Another way is to keep track of patient injuries and infections that occur in the hospital. By finding out what works and what doesn't, the hospital can improve the way it treats patients.
In an emergency, of course, ambulances are usually directed to take patients to the nearest hospital. But for elective surgeries and procedures where there is time to plan ahead, there are resources to help judge the quality of hospital care, especially for common procedures such as cardiac bypass surgery.