alternate level of care

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alternate level of care

Pt care–eg, hospice, at-home nursing, in which efforts are no longer made to cure or aggressively treat a disease, but rather prepare for death and alleviate pain, as needed by those who are terminally ill with cancer or AIDS. See Hospice, Terminal illness syndrome.

al·ter·nate lev·el of care

(awl'tĕr-năt lev'ĕl kār)
Therapy provided to patients whose disability is less than acute. This degree of therapy includes many options (e.g., long-term care facility, respite care, in-home care).
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This accountability lasts until that patient gets to that alternate level of care and has a successful interaction.
Twenty-two percent (22%) of acute-care, hospital beds in our province are occupied by alternate level of care patients.
However, in an effort to relieve some of the pressure on the local hospital, the building will also allow for accommodation for as many as 45 alternate level of care beds.
s condition had changed to the point where he was an appropriate patient for an alternate level of care.
reviews, monitors and follows up with alternate level of care applications and accepts bed calls from receiving facilities
Because a host of reasons can increase the length of time a patient spends in the hospital or in an alternate level of care setting, an organization's ability to define and analyze these reasons based on its own unique parameters permits the identification of quality improvement opportunities.
Statistics Canada's Canadian Community Health Survey; and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Portal, which provides pan-Canadian clinical and administrative data from which various indicators can be derived, such as mortality rates, re-admission rates by diagnosis, the number of Alternate Level of Care days).

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