The main purposes of acute care are to:
- Make sure the patient’s condition is caused by a stroke and not by some other medical problem.
- Determine the type and location of the stroke and how serious it is.
- Prevent or treat complications such as bowel or bladder problems or pressure ulcers (bed sores).
- Prevent another stroke.
Encourage the patient to move and perform self-care tasks, such as eating and getting out of bed, as early as medically possible. This is the first step in rehabilitation.
Stroke survivors and family members may find the hospital experience confusing. Hospital staff are there to help, and it is important to ask questions and talk about concerns.
Before acute care ends, the patient and family with the hospital staff decide what the next step will be. For many patients, the next step will be to continue rehabilitation.Tags: Patient safety and nursing, Healthcare, Medicine, Stroke, Stroke recovery, Patient safety