If you’re not venturing into medicine but are interested in taking on a Hospital Administrator’s role, here are 7 terms you’d better get familiar with:

This is the department catering to all tests and procedures that facilitate the diagnosis of diseases. X-Ray, Sonography and Haematology (blood sample testing) are usually clubbed together as diagnostics.

In-patient department (IPD)
This is the division that attends to patients admitted to the hospital and occupying beds in various wards. This means dealing with residential hospitals who are in for a day or more.

Out-patient department (OPD)
The division that caters to patients who visit the hospital for consultation. Treatments are administered in less than a day or are spread over several visits. Though consultation services are similar for OPD and IPD, other facilities, such as ward stays, pharmacy and canteen differ.

Clinical research
The branch that carries out research on the effectiveness and safety of treatment or medication. Typically, these are conducted at dedicated labs. However, some hospitals, especially large chains, integrate such services as part of their facility.

Preventive treatment
This tries to prevent the occurrence of diseases in the first place. The Hepatitis vaccination you had to take or the Polio drops you took as a baby are examples of preventive treatment.

Curative treatment
This is the attempt to cure an existing disease or illness. A paracetamol for your fever or an antibiotic for a viral infection are examples of curative treatments.

Rehabilitation treatment
This is meant to restore a patient to original, normal condition after a prolonged period of illness. In the event of a fracture, fixing it is curative treatment; but physiotherapy to help regain posture and movement is rehabilitation.

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