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A Trip to the Hospital
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A Trip to the Hospital
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     You may have gone to the hospital before. Maybe you visited your grandfather there. Perhaps you met your baby sister at the hospital for the first time. Whatever the reason, a hospital can sometimes seem like a large and scary place especially if you are a patient.
 
2     Katie was a patient at the hospital once. She broke her leg playing soccer and had to be taken off the field and to the hospital by ambulance. Morgan was rushed there during the night by her parents. Why? She was having an asthma attack. Nicholas had to stay in the hospital to get special medicine to fight an illness. Christopher had to go to the hospital to get his tonsils taken out. Each of these children, whether they were sick or hurt, came to the hospital to get better.
 
3     Children, as patients, end up in the hospital in different ways. Sometimes doctors send them to the hospital if they are very sick, need surgery, or need special tests to find out what's going on. These patients are admitted to the hospital. Sometimes patients enter the hospital by way of the emergency room. Either the parent or a doctor can send a child there if immediate medical care is needed. Treatment will be provided in the emergency room for a broken arm, allergic bee sting reaction, or asthma attack. If it is necessary for the child to remain overnight, then the child will be admitted at that point. When a child is admitted, it is often necessary for his or her parent to fill out lots of forms. While it may seem annoying or inconvenient, it is necessary to know some important things about a patient such as medicine, allergies, name, and age.

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