providing emergency services and general medical and surgical treatment for acute disorders rather than long-term residential care for chronic illness.
Your loved one cannot be cured in an acute-care hospital but is not ready for hospice.
Meet America’s Overworked Caregivers Gail Sheehy April 29, 2010
- Acute compression triad
acute compression triad acute compression triad n. The rising venous pressure, falling arterial pressure, and decreased heart sounds of pericardial tamponade. Also called Beck’s triad.
- Acute contagious conjunctivitis
acute contagious conjunctivitis acute contagious conjunctivitis n. An acute, contagious form of conjunctivitis, caused by the bacterium Hemophilus aegyptius and characterized by inflammation of the eyelids and eyeballs and a mucopurulent discharge. Also called pinkeye.
- Acute disease
acute disease A disease or disorder that lasts a short time, comes on rapidly, and is accompanied by distinct symptoms. (Compare chronic disease.) Historical Examples In strong minds, despair is an acute disease; the prelude to great exertion. Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth But it is only a fortnight, and there […]
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
acute disseminated encephalomyelitis acute disseminated encephalomyelitis n. A diffuse inflammation of the brain and spinal cord usually caused by a perivascular hypersensitivity response.
- Acute dose
noun a total dose of radiation administered over such a short period that biological recovery is impossible