If you or a loved one are admitted to Story County Medical Center, you
will be located on the Acute Care Unit of the hospital. Story County Medical
Center has a 17 bed Acute Care Unit. Patients on the Acute Care Unit are
inpatients, which means they will be cared for at the hospital rather than
at home. As a patient on the Acute Care Unit, you or your loved one may be
one of the following five classifications of patients:
Acute Care is short-term medical treatment for patients having an illness
or injury that exhibits a rapid onset followed by a short, severe course or
care given to patients who have recently undergone surgery.
Skilled Care is care given
on an inpatient, 24-hour basis designed to help a patient recover from
illness, injury or surgery; function more independently; and/or learn to
care for his/her own health needs. Patients who have undergone surgery may
be reassigned from Acute Care to Skilled Care for extended rehabilitation.
Respite Care is short-term or temporary care (from a few hours to a few
weeks) given to a sick or disabled patient to provide relief, or respite, to
the regular caregiver, usually a family member.
A patient may be placed in Observation by a physician while the physician
determines the best level of care the patient needs. A patient may be in
Observation while he/she awaits testing or the results of tests already