Hospital Medicine

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hospital medicine is a field of medicine that is dedicated to providing patients with high-quality care during their hospital stay. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about hospitalists in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hospital medicine is the fastest-growing medical specialty in the United States. Doctors who practice hospital medicine are called hospitalists.

Hospitalists are specially trained to work in a hospital setting. Unlike primary care physicians, hospitalists are usually physically in the hospital when they are working. Therefore, they are more available and can respond more quickly to issues that arise during hospitalization.

Hospitalists also have special skill sets that can benefit hospitalized patients. They generally know the hospital system well and are able to effectively coordinate care with specialists and consultants. They are also experienced with setting up care transitions such as skilled nursing home transfers if needed.

If you are admitted to the hospital under the care of a hospitalist, there are some things you can do to make your hospital stay as smooth as possible. Have the name and contact information for your primary care physician and give it to your hospitalist when you are first admitted to the hospital. And bring a complete and current medication list with you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.