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hospitalization - when and why is it necessary?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Monitoring: Hospitalization is necessary when one's condition is serious enough to warrant 24/7 monitoring of a particular health issue. This will depend on the seriousness of the problem, the ability or inability to care for this problem at home, and the probability of worsening of the condition.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Differant reasons: Usually for treatment that can not be provided as outpatient. Also, close monitoring for potentially fatal or serious problems, such as arrhythmia or heart attack. Sometimes to get work ups done that require more planing. Also, hospitals are often used to provide safe transitions to nursing care, etc.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Stay healthy: When your illness is severe and life-threatening, or if you need an operation, you may need to be hospitalized.

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