An inpatient is someone admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay, whether for a single night or an extended amount of time. Inpatient stays generally occur so physicians can monitor a patient more closely.
A person may be admitted as an inpatient for a variety of reasons:
- substantial monitoring of serious illnesses or medical issues
- complex surgeries
- rehabilitation services for psychiatric illnesses, severe injuries, or substance misuse
Inpatients may see a range of healthcare providers during their hospital stay, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, lab technicians, physician assistants, and pharmacists.