Emergency Care & Hospitalization – Child & Youth
When a child or young adult is admitted to a hospital, the stay is usually for a few days to 2 weeks. More thorough assessment and diagnosis will be done once the patient is admitted. Youth hospitalization is for stabilization only and not for ongoing treatment. When discharged, the patient is referred to outpatient services. This reality may be very frustrating and concerning to parents or guardians for many reasons, for example when medication has not yet taken its full effect. Family members or caregivers may advocate against discharge if they believe a person is not well enough.