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Acute Care Medical Clinic

Acute Care Medical Clinic

Sudden injuries and illnesses are often especially concerning because they catch a person by surprise. When non-emergency medical situations arise, an acute care clinic can provide quick and effective medical care to you. At Total Care Medical Centers, our doctors and skilled medical staff can provide acute care services to anyone dealing with a sudden (or acute) injury or illness.

Total Care Medical Centers provides medical care for acute injuries and illnesses. For more information, Call us or schedule an appointment at one of our nearby clinics.

What is considered an acute care facility?

An acute care medical clinic provides medical care and treatment of acute injuries and illnesses. As such, acute care primarily focuses on providing immediate and short-term treatment for such illnesses and injuries. Some examples of acute care facilities would be urgent care clinics, emergency rooms and departments, and intensive care units (ICU). In many cases, primary care clinics also function as acute care facilities.

At Total Care Medical Centers, we proudly provide both acute care services to our valued patients.

What are examples of acute care we offer to patients?

Examples of the kind of injuries and illnesses treated by acute care clinics, and that patients can receive at Total Care Medical Centers locations, include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abrasions, burns, cuts, and lacerations
  • Allergic reactions
  • Animal and insect bites and stings
  • Bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Cold and flu
  • Concussions
  • Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
  • Dislocations, fractures, sprains, and strains
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Fever
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Rashes and skin infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, come in to a Total Care Medical Centers location as soon as you are able.

Go to the Emergency Room if you are seriously injured or having a life threatening episode

The illnesses and injuries that acute care facilities can treat vary depending on the type of acute care clinic. For example, urgent care clinics are not properly equipped to handle life-threatening medical emergencies.

As such, emergency rooms and ICU facilities are where you should go if you experience a serious or life threatening acute illness or injury, such as:

  • Anaphylactic shock, or severe allergic reactions
  • Compound fractures, or broken bones that pierce through the skin
  • Coughing or vomiting up blood
  • Deep cuts, abrasions, or lacerations with heavy bleeding
  • Heart attack or heart failure, as well as sudden and acute chest pain or tightness
  • High fever that occurs with a headache and neck stiffness
  • Loss of consciousness due to a head injury, heatstroke, or other medical emergencies
  • Seizures
  • Severe, third-degree burns
  • Stroke, or sudden confusion, droopiness or weakness on one side of the body, or inability to see or speak clearly

Is there a difference between acute care and urgent care?

In short, yes. Urgent care is just a subset of acute care. Acute care can refer to a few different kinds of medical care, while urgent care solely refers to one specific type of acute care. Other types of acute care include emergency room care or ICU care.

What is an acute care doctor?

There are several different types of doctors and medical care providers who can provide acute care services, including nurse practitioners (NPs), physician’s assistants (PAs), and doctors specializing in any one of the following medical subfields:

  • Primary Care
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • General medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Sports medicine

If you are having an acute issue that is included in the list of conditions described above, feel free to come in during normal hours whenever you are able. For an appointment or more information about acute care services, please give us a call or visit one of our medical clinics. If it is after hours, we strongly encourage you to visit a hospital if you feel you need immediate medical attention.