Term: Out of Hospital (OOH)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-10-04


A flag used to indicate an intervention that was performed in an outpatient basis of one hospital while a patient is currently admitted as an inpatient in another hospital. For example, a patient currently admitted to a Small Rural hospital may require an intervention that is only performed in Tertiary hospitals, so the patient will be transported to a Tertiary hospital, undergo surgery, and then once stable be transported back to the original hospital for convalescence and continued care. This type of hospital episode will produce two hospital abstracts: an inpatient abstract for the admitting hospital, and an outpatient abstract for the hospital where the intervention was performed. The intervention (procedure) will be flagged as OOH on the inpatient abstract.

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