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Key Terms and Links

The hospital world is full of jargon, acronyms and complicated medicines and treatments that baffle even the wisest health care consumer. However, if you’re going to join hospitals on this journey, it would be helpful if you could “speak a little bit of the language.” Listed below are links to a hospital directory, a list of terminology, etc.

Health care definitions and acronyms

Use to impress your friends … and your doctor! (this section will link to a new page featuring a glossary of health care definitions.

Respiratory Therapist
Health care professional who, under the supervision of a physician, administers oxygen and other gases and provides assistance to patients with breathing difficulties.
Respite Care
Patient care provided intermittently in the home or institution in order to provide temporary relief to the family home care giver.
Review, Peer
Concurrent or retrospective review by practicing physicians or other health professionals of the quality and efficiency of patient care practices or services ordered or performed by other physicians or other health professionals.
Review, Preadmission
Review of an elective hospitalization prior to a patient’s admission in order to ensure services are necessary and should be provided in an inpatient hospital setting.
Review, Utilization
Evaluation of an admission, the use of ancillary services, and/or length of a hospital stay, using objective medical criteria to ensure services are medically reasonable, necessary and provided in the most appropriate setting.
Key Terms & Links
Additional Resources

Hospital directory

List of all Alabama hospitals by name, by county and by the services they offer. view directory


Learn more about your right to privacy. Read about your rights, who must follow the privacy laws, how your information is protected, who can look at your information, etc. learn more

Patient’s Bill of Rights

This brochure describes what to expect when you’re in the hospital and what rights you have to things like privacy, information, etc. learn more. Other languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Traditional Chinese, Others

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