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An episode of acute care for an admitted patient is one in which the principal clinical intent is to do one or more of the following:

  • manage labour (obstetric),
  • cure illness or provide definitive treatment of injury,
  • perform surgery,
  • relieve symptoms of illness or injury (excluding palliative care),
  • reduce severity of illness or injury,
  • protect against exacerbation and/or complication of an illness and/or injury which could threaten life or normal functions,
  • perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.


Admitted patient care.


National Health Data Committee


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