Acute Care

An acute illness or injury refers to a condition that appears suddenly, progresses quickly, and, in most cases, requires only a short-term treatment. It can be an illness as simple as strep throat or as severe as a heart attack.

Types of Acute Conditions

An acute condition can either be a sudden illness or a recent injury. Most people are aware they are suffering from such an ailment, but they aren't aware of what specifically may be causing it. There are several common signifiers of acute illness and types of acute conditions.

The following are some examples of acute illnesses:

  • Sudden abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Chest pain
  • Allergic reaction to a food or drug
  • Trouble breathing
  • Asthma attack
  • Contagious illnesses such as the mumps
  • Fainting
  • Fever above 102℉
  • Migraine headaches
  • Continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Burning sensation when urinating

What is an Acute Care Facility?

An acute care facility must be equipped to handle a variety of conditions and situations. A family care facility will feature a range of diagnostic equipment, including imaging devices from X-rays to MRI and CT scans. Catheter-based treatments are sometimes used to treat acute illness.

In some instances, your doctor may recommend an acute care facility for short-term recovery from a surgical procedure. Patient stays are generally less than 10 days, but during that time you will be provided with meals, as well as any medicines or treatments specific to your condition. Short-term physical or respiratory therapy plays a role in many acute care facilities.

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