What do Hospitalists do?
Provide inpatient care predominantly in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or emergency rooms. Manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.
- Diagnose, treat, or provide continuous care to hospital inpatients.
- Prescribe medications or treatment regimens to hospital inpatients.
- Admit patients for hospital stays.
- Write patient discharge summaries and send them to primary care physicians.
- Conduct discharge planning and discharge patients.
- Order or interpret the results of tests such as laboratory tests and radiographs (x-rays).
- Communicate with patients' primary care physicians upon admission, when treatment plans change, or at discharge to maintain continuity and quality of care.
- Refer patients to medical specialists, social services or other professionals as appropriate.
- Participate in continuing education activities to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
- Attend inpatient consultations in areas of specialty.
- Direct, coordinate, or supervise the patient care activities of nursing or support staff.
- Train or supervise medical students, residents, or other health professionals.
- Direct the operations of short stay or specialty units.
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