Acute care is the provision of immediate treatment for adults suffering from any injury or medical condition that needs attention or referral to a specialist within 48 hours, but is not serious enough to require hospitalization or a visit to the emergency room.
At Chapel Hill Primary Care we offer acute care provided by a qualified medical physician for a range of conditions, which mostly fall into one of three categories: Illness, injury or pain. Sometimes, the categories overlap and a patient experiences two or more of the symptoms. It’s best to have the condition assessed by a doctor to determine what your next steps should be towards getting treatment. Some of the conditions treated under acute care include:
Respiratory Tract Infections
Infections of the upper respiratory tract have the ability to make you feel really sick, even if they aren’t life threatening. Common colds, coughs, allergies and sore throats caused by strep or mono all benefit from immediate treatment.
Stomach complaints in adults often stem from either a virus or inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Many cases of gastroenteritis can be assessed and treated in the out-patient setting.
Cuts and Wounds
Minor cuts and wounds such as kitchen accidents, dog bites, abrasions or punctures can cause problems if they aren’t cleaned effectively and treated with sterile dressings. Occasionally, sutures or tetanus injections may be required, or the patient may be referred to a specialist.
Strains and Sprains
Slips and falls often result in strained joints and muscles, which cause stiffness and pain while the injury remains inflamed. Back pain is another common condition that may prompt an evaluation. Our physicians will assess your injury, order Xrays if indicated, offer appropriate treatment and referral to specialists if needed.
Rashes, Skin Infections and Insect Bites
Minor insect bites, such as tick bites, can lead to more serious complications. There are various types of rashes, as well as skin infections, such as cellulitis, that occur commonly. These skin conditions can be assessed and treated with appropriate medications, including antibiotics if indicated
Flare-Ups of Chronic Ailments
If you suffer from ailments such as asthma, arthritis, gout or COPD, you’re well aware that regardless of how well you manage your condition, occasional flare-ups are going to occur. When they happen, you need immediate treatment to provide relief and get the condition back under control.
Many of the conditions treated under Acute Care may need referral to a specialist, but our medical physicians will do everything they can to ease the symptoms and to make you, the patient, as comfortable as possible before sending you on your way.