Acute care is short-term health treatment for a severe injury, a bout of illness, or urgent medical condition. Acute care is the opposite of chronic care, which is the long-term treatment for people with chronic conditions.
Some common examples of acute illness or injuries include:
For life-threatening emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, or serious head injuries, go to the ER right away.
For illnesses or injuries that don’t appear to be life-threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day or for an appointment with your primary care provider, urgent care centers offer readily available care outside of normal office hours.
However, for conditions that are not life-threatening and can wait a day or two, your primary care provider should usually be your first choice for care. They’re familiar with your medical history and a scheduled office visit is the most cost-effective method of treatment.
It’s often tempting to just wait cold symptoms out, but it’s important to make sure that your cold or flu isn’t something more serious. It’s a good idea to make an appointment with Dr. Kidd if:
Coughs and colds can be signs of more serious conditions; for example, a constant, severe cough is the main symptom of whooping cough, a disease that has recently become more common in many parts of the United States.
If you have an acute condition, such as an ankle or back sprain, or if you've been coughing for more than 2-3 weeks, make an appointment with Dr. Kidd today by calling the office or booking online.