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, other DSM-5 eating disorder diagnoses, or secondary to other medical/psychiatric conditions causing significant weight loss:
    • Gastroparesis
    • Pseudo-Bartter’s syndrome
    • Liver dysfunction
    • Eye pain
    • Swallowing difficulties
    • Electrolyte abnormalities
    • Osteoporosis/osteopenia
    • Constipation/laxative abuse
    • SMA syndrome
    • Cardiac dysfunction
    • Recurrent syncope due to orthostasis from their malnutrition
    • Significant bradycardia
    • 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 with severe malnutrition caused by MAI, cancer, HIV, other infections, autoimmune conditions, or other non-eating disorder psychiatric conditions
  • Atypical anorexia nervosa with rapid weight loss
  • Patients floundering at IP/RTC level of care

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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