|Providing Acute Care, Observation (OBC), Swing Bed and Respite Care|
A Critical Access Hospital, BCMH offers both Acute Care Beds and skilled nursing Swing Beds. Acute Care is provided for those patients needing immediate and temporary care, or for stabilization prior to discharge or transfer to another facility. Patients admitted to Acute Care may be considered "medical" or "observation" (OBC) admissions. Patients admitted as OBC may require more time for diagnosing conditions than is appropriate for the Emergency Department. An example might involve a patient presenting with chest pain. Full admit Medical / Surgical patients need more than observation care for conditions such as pneumonia and may require a longer hospital stay to recover.
A patient may be admitted to
Swing Bed if he or she has had an acute stay in the hospital for a period
of three or more days and is shown to meet the criteria for skilled level
nursing care. Each patient admitted to the Swing Bed program must be
under the direct supervision of a staff physician. Examples of Swing
Bed care may involve post surgical patients who have had knee or hip
replacement. Swing Bed patients may need time to regain their strength
and/or physical therapy prior to going home.
A patient may be
admitted from another facility after their medical information has been
reviewed and approved by the appropriate staff. Certain requirements
must be met before approval is given. Any questions regarding Swing
Bed should be addressed to social services at 304-364-1028.