What is a "Medicine Unit" in a hospital

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    (Prerequisites student here, just looking at job descriptions for future) For instance, while looking at available jobs, I see Rehab or Stepdown or Surgery Unit as the Department Description, but there is a "Medicine" Unit. What type of unit is that? Thanks in advance!
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    Never heard of it. At our hospital we have a Medical unit but never heard of a medicine unit.
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    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~
    Never heard of it. At our hospital we have a Medical unit but never heard of a medicine unit.
    Same thing. A lot of floors are called "Adult Medicine," whereas others are "Adult Medical." It's semantics really. I used to work on a floor called "3 Surgery." It's the same thing as "3 Surgical."

    Medical/Medicine floors are composed of patients whose admitting diagnoses are treated without surgical intervention. Pneumonia, COPD exacerbation, change in mental status and TIA are good examples of the admitting diagnoses on this kind of floor.
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    Quote from CamaroNurse
    Same thing. A lot of floors are called "Adult Medicine," whereas others are "Adult Medical." It's semantics really. I used to work on a floor called "3 Surgery." It's the same thing as "3 Surgical."

    Medical/Medicine floors are composed of patients whose admitting diagnoses are treated without surgical intervention. Pneumonia, COPD exacerbation, change in mental status and TIA are good examples of the admitting diagnoses on this kind of floor.

    Oh ok, guess I just have never ran into the word medicine being used. We have a Surgical Wing, Med/Surge Wing, and Medical wing. What I noticed in doing my rotations was the med/surge had far more precaution patients, and medical seemed to be where all the 1:1 patients and alcohol withdrawal patients went. My friend that works on medical floor said it was mainly over flow from the hospital. That's how they do it at our hospital though. In clinicals I didn't mind that floor though, got a lot of variety of patients and experiences.
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    Thanks to you all! That paints a picture of the type of patient that floor would handle.


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