Acute Care Hospitals Present With Difficult Medical Issues

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Patients admitted into acute care hospitals present with difficult medical issues. Typically, only the most critically ill patients remain in the hospital for more than a few days. Acute care is defined as 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 long term care. For an example, if a patient arrives to the hospital with symptoms slurred speech and weakness of the right side mostly they will be diagnosed with the most severe type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, allowing blood to leak and cause damage to an area of the brain. It also depends on the server of the stroke and damaged it has done to the body. Some individuals lose their speech and a Speech Language is also provided to assist speech. Speech-language pathologists work in partnership with many professionals within the hospital system, including physicians, nurses, other rehabilitation providers, dietitians, social workers, and case managers. The case manager has a very important part of the patient care team and the SLP may have frequent discussions with the case manager as discharge plans are developed. Acute care nurses assess patients and treat them according to established protocols and physician orders. They are capable…
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