Term Of The Day – Ambulatory
The definition of ambulatory care is any medical care delivered on an outpatient basis. Increasing numbers of medical conditions can be managed without admission to a hospital. Many medical investigations can be performed on an ambulatory basis, including blood tests, X-rays, endoscopy and even biopsy procedures of superficial organs.
Sites where ambulatory care can be delivered include:
- Physician offices
- Hospital emergency departments (Unless patient is admitted)
- Urgent care centers
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