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Short-Term Inpatient Hospitalization

Nurse Treating Teenage Girl Suffering With Depression

Short-term inpatient hospitalization may be the right choice to help your loved one in an emergency. Short-term inpatient hospitalization is best for clients who are at immediate risk of harming themselves or others or who are experiencing severe psychosis. Because the goal of short-term inpatient hospitalization is to stabilize the client, not cure him/her, staff will focus on making a diagnosis and forming a longer-term treatment plan. Staff will also administer medical care, support, and supervision during the client’s stay. The hospitalization may also include therapeutic activities to help the client stabilize.

Depending on the hospital and available resources, a short-term inpatient hospital team may include psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, speech-language pathologists, and occupational and recreational therapists. A hospital stay may also include specialized tests so that proper diagnoses can be made. Some of these programs may offer educational resources for youth so that credit can be earned for work done during the hospital stay.

During a short-term hospital stay, the treatment team will work closely with the patient and family members to develop an individualized long-term treatment plan. Typically, a longer-term treatment plan will include individual therapy, behavior management, medication, and family counseling.

Common Questions

Q: How long is the duration of short-term inpatient hospitalization?

A: It will vary depending on the client’s needs, but typically, short-term inpatient care is about seven days. However, a client will only be discharged after he/she is stable.