(Terms and Abbreviations)
ADMISSION - The act of placing an individual under treatment or observation in a
medical center or hospital. The day of admission is the day on which the medical center
or hospital makes a formal acceptance of the patient who is to be provided with room,
board, and continuous nursing service in an area of the hospital where patients normally
stay at least overnight. The admission of newborn is deemed to occur at the time of
ADMISSION, DIRECT- Admission for the first time to an MTF for current (continuous)
hospitalization. Further, the patient is one who is from a military organization or from
the area generally served by the reporting MTF. Also considered as a direct admission
is any nonmilitary person transferred from a nonmilitary medical treatment facility.
ADMISSION, DIRECT ABSENT SICK - An Army member being accounted for in an
absent sick status is a direct admission to the MTF having administrative responsibility.
Absent sick is an active duty Army patient admitted to a nonmilitary (civilian) MTF.
AI - Accidentally incurred.
AH - Army hospital.
APC- Ambulatory patient care.
AMBULATORY PATIENT CARE - Care provided to any appointed or nonappointed
patient with an acute or chronic condition who receives his care in an outpatient care
setting. Ambulatory care encompasses emergency care, primary care, and specialty
ARNG- Army National Guard.
BATTLE CASUALTY- Any casualty incurred in action. "In action" characterizes the
casualty status as having been the direct result of hostile action; sustained in combat or
relating thereto; or sustained going to or from a combat mission provided that the
occurrence was directly related to hostile action. Included are persons killed or
wounded mistakenly or accidentally by friendly fire directed at a hostile force or what is
thought to be a hostile force. However, injuries due to the elements or self-inflicted
wounds and, except in unusual cases, wounds or death inflicted by a friendly force while
the individual is in an AWOL or dropped from rolls status or has voluntarily absented
himself from his place of duty are not to be considered as sustained in action and
thereby not to be interpreted as battle casualties.