Acute Care

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Acute Care is a pattern of health care in which a patient is treated for a brief but severe episode of illness, for the sequelae of an accident or other trauma, or during recovery from surgery. Acute care is usually given in a hospital by specialized personnel using sophisticated technical equipment and materials, and it may involve intensive or emergency care. This pattern of care is often necessary for only a short time, unlike chronic care.

Care administered to a patient with an acute trauma — e.g., burns, trauma, cardiac arrest, or other condition—which may be administered in ambulances, ERs, CCUs, and elsewhere.