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Table 1 Classification and definition of admission type

From: Clinical factors contributing to high cost hospitalizations in a Canadian tertiary care centre

Admission type Definition
Complex medical Patient admitted for one or more medical issues, not requiring surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation
Emergent surgery Patient admitted for and received emergency unscheduled surgical intervention, not related to a trauma
Elective surgery Patient admitted for previously scheduled correction of a medical problem
Trauma Patient admitted for management of a traumatic injury (including falls from standing height)
Cancer with chemotherapy/radiation Patient admitted for treatment of a cancer with chemotherapy or radiation
Social Patient admitted for purely disposition issues
Maternal Patient admitted for management of a peri-partum/pregnancy related issue