"Backfill" unit?

  1. I'm in the middle of orientation for my first job after graduating in December. I accepted a position on a new (tele-wired) unit which my hospital refers to as an "internal medicine" unit -- I assumed that was code for Med/Surg, but I was forwarded a chain email today wherein administrative types referred to the unit as a "backfill" unit. I'm new to all of this jargon (obviously); does anyone know what that means? Is it Med/Surg overflow? Observation? Does "backfilling" refer to staff placement?

    In case anyone asks, I'm orienting on a progressive care renal/organ transplant unit so I'm 99.999999% sure the patient populations will not be comparable, heh.

    Thank you!
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  3. by   not.done.yet
    I have never heard that term. Perhaps your employer could define it for you?