What is an acute care setting?
In an acute care setting, patients receive short-term medical treatment for acute illnesses or injury, or to recover from surgery. In this setting, medical and nursing personnel will administer the critical care required to help restore a patient back to health.
Short-Term Acute Care Setting
Short-term acute care is usually administered in a hospital, which has all the medical care personnel, staff, and facilities needed to diagnose, treat and care for patients with acute conditions like short-term injuries.
Acute Care Hospital
Unlike hospitals that administer health care for chronic disease, hospice treatment, mental illness or other conditions, acute care hospitals are designed for short-term stays, helping to stabilise patients from a variety of conditions.
Facilities available in an acute care setting typically include an operating room, emergency room, blood bank, radiology department, pathology department, pharmacy and clinical laboratory.
Long-Term Acute Care
Long-term acute care is administered to patients after their acute care treatment. This is necessary for patients who have medically complex needs and need specialised care.
- In an acute care setting, patients receive short-term medical treatment for acute illnesses or injury, or to recover from surgery.
Long-Term Acute Care Setting
Long-term acute care can be given in hospitals, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation centres, skilled nursing facilities, in the home and other settings.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nee Lorenzo has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. Her work has appeared in various local and national publications, including the SF Bay Guardian, "Oakland Magazine," "Parents' Press," and "Filipinas Magazine." Lorenzo has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.