Life-Saving Care for Medically Complex Patients with Eating Disorders

If your patient has serious medical issues from anorexia, bulimia, atypical anorexia or ARFID, or severe malnutrition related to advanced disease or infection, we can help. Call us to discuss your patient’s unique case today. 



ACUTE Admission Criteria

  • 15+ years of age
  • All gender expressions
  • Severe medical complications associated with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, ARFID or as a comorbidity of an infection or from cancer, including but not limited to:
    • Gastroparesis
    • Pseudo-Bartter’s syndrome
    • Liver function
    • Eye pain
    • Swallowing difficulties
    • Electrolyte abnormalities
    • Emergency room care
    • Osteoporosis/osteopenia
    • Constipation/laxative abuse
    • SMA syndrome
    • Cardiac dysfunction
    • Abdominal pain
    • Diarrhea
  • In need of safe detoxification from laxatives, diuretics or self-induced vomiting, to treat/prevent severe edema formation, prior to inpatient or residential treatment
  • At risk for refeeding syndrome
  • Patients experiencing severe weight disruption, with any or all of the following medical issues:
    • Weight less than 70 percent of ideal body weight or BMI < 15
    • Unstable vital signs such as low or irregular heart rates
    • Cardiac disturbances such as abnormal heart rhythms or heart failure
    • Loss of consciousness due to low blood pressure
    • Patients with severe malnutrition caused by MAI, cancer, HIV or other infections
    • Atypical anorexia nervosa with rapid massive weight loss

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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