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Acute care is one in which the principal intent is one or more of the following:

* to manage labour (obstetrics)
* to cure illness or to provide definitive treatment of injury
* to perform surgery
* to relieve symptoms of illness or injury (excluding palliative care)
* to reduce severity of an illness or injury
* to protect against exacerbation and/or complication of an illness and/or injury which could threaten life or normal function
* to perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2001: A Comparative Analysis of 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods.

Cross References:
Acute care beds
Acute care hospital staff ratio
Acute health conditions

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, April 25, 2013