Acute Hospital Care

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Topic: Acute Hospital Care

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,
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However, the breakup of acute care services (eg stroke, acute myocardial infarction, respiratory failure) has removed many consultants from the general medical admitting role and certain specialties (eg neurology, dermatology) effectively provide no junior- or consultant-level staffing for this activity in the majority of hospitals. Only 19% of consultants reported having a formalized acute team in their hospital.
There have been are strain on the increase number of patients who are acutely sick patients. This is due to more people surviving cancer, heart attacks and stroke and lives on into old age. Nearly two-thirds of the patients now being admitted to hospital are over the age of 65 and many are much older. At night or over the weekend acute hospitals mostly have a junior doctor who may be in their first two years of training as cover. Studies show patient deaths rise by 10% over weekends. In a survey a third of the respondents said their hospital was "average" at delivering high quality of care 24 hours a day, seven days a week and over 10% said it was "poor".

At the acute hospital all patients deserve to receive safe, high-quality, sustainable care centered around their needs and delivered in an appropriate setting by respectful, compassionate, expert health professionals. Yet it is increasingly clear that our hospitals are struggling to cope with the challenge of an ageing population and increasing
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