Patient means a
person who is receiving diagnostic or preventive health services or who is
under observation or treatment for illness or injury or care during and after
(1) Inpatient. An inpatient means
a person who has been formally admitted for observation, diagnosis or treatment
and who is expected to remain overnight or longer.
(2) Outpatient. An outpatient means a person
who has been registered or accepted for care but not formally admitted as an
inpatient and who does not remain over 24 hours.
(3) Ambulatory. Ambulatory means a patient
who is capable of demonstrating the mental competence and physical ability to
leave a building without assistance or supervision of any person under
Nonambulatory. Nonambulatory means a patient who is unable to leave a building
unassisted under emergency conditions. It includes, but is not limited to,
those persons who depend upon mechanical aids such as crutches, walkers or
wheelchairs, profoundly or severely mentally retarded persons and shall include
totally deaf persons.