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Patient Classification System in Nursing

Patient Classification System in Nursing pertains to the systematic way of categorizing patients on the basis of certain care needs that can be clinically observed by the nurse to determine the level or degree of care needed by patient. Patient Classification System is a tool for managing and planning allocation of nursing staff in accordance with nursing care needs.

The first classification of patient is Self-care/Minimal-Care in which minimal care is given to patients who are convalescing and who no longer require intensive, moderate or maximum care. Patients under this category normally require diagnostic studies, minimal therapy, less frequent observations, and daily care for minor conditions and who are awaiting elective surgery.

The second category of patients is moderate care in which patient is moderately ill or under recovery stage from a serious illness and/or operation. In which case, patients under this category require nursing supervision or some assistance related to ambulating and caring for their own hygiene.

The third category of patient is Maximum Care in which patient need close attention throughout the shift. Complete care for patients is needed. Nurses initiate, supervise and perform most of patient activities.

Finally, the last category of patients is intensive care wherein patients are acutely ill and require high level of nurse dependency. They require intensive therapy and/or intensive nursing care because of their unstable condition and thus need frequent evaluation, observation, monitoring and adjustment of therapy. This included patients in critical conditions or in life and death situations.

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