Nursing care planning guides: for adults in acute, extended and home care settings. [Susan Puderbaugh Ulrich; Suzanne Weyland Canale] Home. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Search. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Create. Acute care is a branch of secondary health care where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. In medical terms, care for acute health conditions is the opposite from chronic care, or longer term care.
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. Extended Acute Care (EAC) Sacred Heart’s Extended Acute Care provides mental health services with the primary goal of empowering our individuals to manage their illness, find their own goals for recovery, and make informed decisions about their treatment by teaching them necessary knowledge and skills.
Michele P. West, in Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists (Fourth Edition), 2014. The acute care or hospital setting is a unique environment with protocols and standards of practice and safety that may not be applicable to other areas of health care delivery, such as an outpatient clinic or school system. Simply put, acute refers to inpatient care while ambulatory refers to outpatient care. An acute setting is a medical facility in which patients remain under constant care. An ambulatory setting might be a non-medical facility like a school or nursing home, but it also includes clinics and medical settings that typically deal with non-emergency.