[Tagging] tag for wards was: Deprecate healthcare=centre

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 17:47:19 UTC 2021

I agree that in theory either =ward or =hospital_ward could work - the
latter is less likely to be confused, though it's a bit longer. I would go
with amenity= or healthcare = hospital_ward so that it is clear that these
should be found inside of an amenity=hospital feature and that this is not
an "emergency ward" or something else.

The main issue is that an "emergency ward" is not the same, so we need to
also have a clear tag for this. Right now there is
emergency=emergency_ward_entrance for the main door, but not actually a tag
for the inside of the emergency room / ward / department -  just 4 uses of

There is only 3 uses of amenity=ward and 1 use of healthcare=ward and
healthcare=hospital_ward each, so no need to replace any tags.

So I propose healthcare=emergency_ward for an emergency room / emergency
department / emergency ward, where there are emergency medicine specialist
doctors available 24/7 to provide care for serious medical emergencies, and
healthcare=hospital_ward for a named or numbered part of a hospital which
has inpatient beds for people who are admitted overnight for surgery or a
medical emergency.

-- Joseph Eisenberg

On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 6:38 AM Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 10 Jan 2021 at 14:26, Tom Pfeifer <t.pfeifer at computer.org> wrote:
>> healthcare=hospital_ward ?
> Or just ward, since they're in hospitals.  The problem with "ward" is
> the difference between British and US usage.  In the UK, wards
> are understood by the public to have beds in them, and that's
> how public-facing documents use the term (internal documents
> sometimes reflect US usage where "ward" equals "department."
>> When looking into it, I think we need to look into hospital departments
>> at the same time, which might be slightly different than the wards.
> There are specialist wards such as ITU, dialysis, maternity and pediatrics
> where it is hard to separate the beds from the therapy.  There are also
> general wards where you may receive medication or physiotherapy
> or just stay there until you're fit enough to be discharged.
> --
> Paul
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