Course: Health Care and Insurance
Date: November 28th, 2012
Acute Hospital Care
Acute care is medical treatment at a hospital which is short-term. Acute care is a level of health care in which a patient is treated for a brief but severe episode of illness, for conditions that are the result of disease or trauma, and during recovery from surgery. Acute care is generally provided in a hospital by a variety of clinical personnel using technical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies. According to Connecticut public health code that regulates hospitals, an acute care hospital is defined as a short-term hospital that has facilities, medical staff and all necessary personnel to provide diagnosis, care and treatment of a wide range of acute conditions, including injuries. There are various types of acute care hospitals. These hospitals include chronic disease, hospice, and hospitals for persons with mental illness.
When a patient, customer or residents visits an acute hospital they will get in contact with specialized personnel. This includes consultants, nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and a wide range of other professionals. The services given by these professionals include emergency treatment following accidents, routine, complex and life-saving surgery, specialist diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures.
In the acute hospitals, majority of incidents are reported to the Reporting and Learning System (RLS). This enables the National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) to analyse and learn from incidents, and develop guidance that can be implemented across the NHS. NRLS guidance relating to care provided in acute hospitals includes Rapid Response Reports and Patient Safety Alerts on specific areas of care, and toolkits and guides on areas such as surgery and anaesthesia.
Just like any other hospital the acute hospital is very complex in regards to organizational structure. This complexity has...