Acute care


The type of care administered to patients for a brief and critical sequence of illness such as trauma or recovery from surgery.

Alternative labels

care for patients with an urgent medical condition
short term care
acute medicine
care in acute phase of illness
secondary health care

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Acute care is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Nursing lecturer: Nursing lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers, and often doctors who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, nursing, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants for the preparation of lectures and of exams, for grading papers and exams, for leading laboratory practices, and for leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of nursing, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.
Nurse responsible for general care: Nurses responsible for general care are in charge of promoting and restoring patients` health by providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families. They also supervise assigned team members.
First aid instructor: First aid instructors teach students immediate lifesaving emergency measures, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the recovery position, and injury care. They provided practice materials such as a specialised manikin.

Optional knowledge

Acute care is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Nurse assistant: Nurse assistants provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. They perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, move patients or change linens and may transfer or transport patients.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022