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Differences Between Nursing Homes and Acute Care Hospitals

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How does the nursing structure of a nursing home facility differ from that of a general acute care hospital? Why? Are these differences necessary?

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This solution explains how the structure of a nursing home facility differs from that of a general acute care hospital. It also explains why these differences exist and whether or not these differences are necessary.

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You have asked about the difference in the nursing structure between LTC (Nursing homes) and Acute Care Hospitals.

"Care provided in acute care hospitals generally involved a more interventionist medical approach and greater use of professional nurses (at a significantly higher cost) but without any overall difference in the quality of care. A study done of LTC homes and acute care hospitals in Quebec Canada found that acute care hospitals use a higher percentage of hours from professional nurses ...

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