One should mention the TOVE effort going back 15 years ago that
started on abn Organization Ontology for Enterprise Modelling. It had
Organization Terminology & Axiom. Michael Gruninger was part of that
effort so it has some rigor.
Doug's prision example of the various semantics underlying the concept
of a "prison bed", I a remined of similar things that went into
information modeling of "hospital bed". There are various bed types
(AdultICU, MedicalSurgical...) bed capacity and availablity are
important aggregrates of the institution etc.
The OASIS Emergency Data Exchange Language
(EDXL) Hospital AVailability Exchange
(HAVE) Version 1.0 had 9 types of beds described this way:
AdultICU - Capacity status for adult ICU bed type.
• These can support critically ill or injured patients, including
• This category includes all major subtypes of ICU beds, including neuro,
cardiac, trauma, or medical, with the exception that this category does not
include burn ICU beds.
• Capacity status for pediatric ICU beds. This is similar to adult ICU beds, but
for patients 17-years-old and younger.
• Capacity status for nenonatal ICU beds.
• Capacity status for beds within the Emergency Department used for acute
• Capacity Status for Neonatal or newborn care beds including all bed types
other than Neonatal ICU
6. MedicalSurgical - Capacity status for
• These are also thought of as ward beds.
• These beds may or may not include cardiac telemetry capability
7. RehabLongTermCare – Capacity Status for Rehabilitation/Long term care beds.
• Beds designated as long term care rehabilitation. These do not include floor
8. Burn - Capacity status for burn beds.
• These are thought of as burn ICU beds, either approved by the American
Burn Association or self-designated.
• These beds are NOT to be included in other ICU bed counts.
Gary Berg-Cross,Ph.D.gbergcross@xxxxxxxxx http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?GaryBergCross
SOCoP Executive Secretary
On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM, Doug McDavid <dougmcdavid@xxxxxxxxx
> Sorry Chris, if I'm old, you're old. You're just in denial (you know, that
> river in Egypt) :)
> On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx
>> On Aug 22, 2010, at 9:46 AM, Doug McDavid <dougmcdavid@xxxxxxxxx
>> You know, I wonder if it's time to dust off IDEF5 -- the ontology aspect
>> of the IDEF universe.
>> Now there's a blast from the past.
>> There is some wisdom out there that the old boys thought
of, back in the
>> I like to think so. ;-) Although none of us who worked on it are all that
>> old... :-/
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