How to Complete the Admission and Discharge of a Patient as a Unit Secretary (Video)

As a unit secretary, you will be responsible for completing the admission and discharge of patients. 

The admission process begins when the patient arrives at the hospital and is registered as an inpatient. Once complete, they will be assigned a bed in your unit. They can be sent to your unit from the Emergency Room, transferred from another unit, admitted from an outpatient procedure, or directly admitted from a doctor's office. 

The discharge process begins when the doctor writes the discharge orders. There are many places a patient can be discharged to:

  • Home
  • Hospice
  • Home with Hospice
  • Rehabilitation
  • Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-Term Care Facility
  • Morgue 
  • Funeral


By following these steps, you can ensure that the admission and discharge of patients are completed smoothly and efficiently.



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