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Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Who is considered to be an impatient and do "Day-patients" and "Regular attender's" count as inpatients?

A: The definition used for inpatient is ‘A patient admitted to an acute trust for care and is expected to stay overnight’. However, with regards to the apportioning algorithm and the prior trust exposure questions, we also include patients who have been day-patients and have received care in an emergency assessment unit. For example, a day-patient would qualify even though the admission was not overnight. Therefore, the question “Has the patient been discharged from an elective or emergency hospital admission in the reporting trust in the last 28/84 days” is applicable to day cases since the patient would have been discharged if admitted. However, please note that for the purpose of mandatory surveillance, there is a difference between a “Day-patient” and a “Regular attender”. An example of a regular attender would be a patient in hospital for routine dialysis treatment but was not admitted during the procedure. Such cases will not qualify as a previous admission. Since outpatients are not admitted during their procedures they are not discharged and therefore the question “Has the patient been discharged from an elective or energy hospital admission in the reporting trusts in the 28/84 days?” is not applicable to them. Regarding the day case procedures, the answer depends on if the patient was admitted while during the procedure (day-patient) or not (regular attender). If it’s the former then it would qualify while the latter would not.