The interRAI Acute Care (AC) course is a full SmartSource offering including:
All brought together in AIS Central, a full featured learning management systems (LMS).
Information about the interRAI AC instrument
Acute care in many countries has increasingly become focused on care of older individuals. Data shows that admissions and length of stay in hospital has been reduced significantly over the years, but for the elderly and frail, the average length of stay remains relatively long. A common theme with these long stays is that these patients do not need acute care at all. They are however occupying a hospital bed because there is no where else to put them. This is often referred to as an Alternate Level of Care or ALC patient. Exacerbating the issue, is that while in hospital and following discharge, the needs and risk factors of these ALC patients are not appropriately addressed, causing further hospital re-admissions and longer stays. For a patient, this is clearly not in their best interest. For the health system, this pattern is major concern because with aging populations this problem will only get worse.