- First Edition
Acute Care is a co-operative board game in which players take on the role of nurses staffing a busy medical/surgical unit in a hospital setting. Through one 12-hour shift, they must work together to provide care for their patients and deal with emergencies and complications as they arise — ideally achieving a high level of quality while doing so. The most precious and limited resource for real-life nurses is their time, so in Acute Care time — in the form of "time cubes" — is exactly what you must spend in order to complete tasks and care for patients. Each hour, you have six times cubes (each representing ten minutes of real time) to allocate to various tasks; cards that require you to spend time cubes have little boxes on which to place the cubes to indicate that you're performing that action.