Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME where we provide tailor made solutions for long-term ventilated Adults & Children with Tracheostomies and otherwise medically complex Patients by improving their Quality of life and where we also provide tailor made solutions to hospitals and Intensive Care Units, reducing the cost of an ICU bed by 50%, whilst providing Quality Care!
In last week’s blog I shared information about a new service we are providing
You can check out last week’s blog by clicking on the link here!
In this week’s blog I want to talk about
5 things you can do right now to get your loved one home and out of ICU/PICU if they are long-term ventilated!
Many families in intensive care come to us when their loved one is stuck in intensive care or on long-term weaning units with long-term ventilation and tracheostomy!
They simply want to take their loved one home, which makes perfect sense!
We can help our clients fast and we are very nimble and flexible when it comes to taking adults and children home from Intensive Care with our expertise!
We know that sometimes Patients have been in ICU or long-term weaning units for up to 18 months or two years before they can finally go home.
Know that there is light at the end of the tunnel if you contact us, as we can help you fast!
Here are some things that you can do right now to get your loved one on a ventilator home, with a specialist service like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME!
- Expect good things and have positive expectations!
I know that when you are stuck in ICU/PICU or on long-term weaning units with your loved one on a ventilator with tracheostomy or on Non-invasive ventilation such as BIPAP/CPAP it is incredibly difficult to have a positive outlook and expect good things to happen!
It is however not optional! You will need to train your mind to get to that positive outlook at all times no matter how bleak the outlook and no matter how slim the odds!
A positive attitude can move mountains and this is true for your situation too! This is probably the most important aspect in this situation and you need to develop a positive mental attitude!
- Get supporting documentation
A lot of hospitals/ ICU/PICU’s or long-term ventilator weaning units are bound by rules and regulations. They are overly bureaucratic and highly political!
Therefore they often forget what’s really in the best interest of Patients and their families!
All you often need is a letter to support your request for 24/7 home nursing care with ICU/PICU nurses, because that’s the gold standard and best practice!
The evidence is there and we have been providing evidence- based practice!
Here are the home mechanical ventilation guidelines, where research confirms that going home with ICU/PICU nurses is the way to go rather than taking up an expensive ICU/PICU bed
So get your doctor’s letter(s) in order to request 24/7 home nursing care for ventilation with tracheostomy or for CPAP/BIPAP ventilation.
Those letters have a lot of weight when it comes to dealing with funding bodies!
Furthermore, you can read our case studies as supporting information. Our case studies are show casing how we send ICU/PICU nurses into the home, improve quality of life for our clients and their families and cut the cost of an ICU/PICU bed by 50%
- Know and understand the cost structure in ICU/PICU and hospitals and use it to your advantage!
Keeping your loved one in ICU/PICU and/or long-term weaning unit is expensive!
Financially as well as emotionally!
I don’t need to tell you about the emotional toll or the roller coaster that you’re on, you already know it inside out!
However you do need to be aware of the massive cost a long-term stay in ICU/PICU or long-term weaning unit has and use it to your advantage!
An ICU/PICU bed costs around $5,000 per bed day. INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME costs around 50% or less. Therefore INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME provides a win-win situation for all stakeholders!
We reduce the cost of the ICU/PICU bed by approximately 50%, we help you improve your and your loved one’s quality of life and we help the ICU/PICU to free up their in-demand, precious and very expensive ICU/PICU beds!
It all makes sense and it provides a win-win situation!
- Push the right buttons!
Most families who are in a similar situation to you are scared and intimidated by the system!
You will need to be fearless if you want to get results that benefit you and your loved one on a ventilator!
Sometimes it helps to go public with getting our loved one home on ventilation with tracheostomy and/or non-invasive ventilation such as CPAP/BIPAP.
The media can often help in getting your story on the radar and help you achieve your goals!
- Talk to us
Another very important factor in order to get your loved one out of ICU/PICU or long-term weaning unit is to talk to us.
We have many years of experience when it comes to providing INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME services when it comes to long-term ventilation with tracheostomy and/or non-invasive ventilation such as BIPAP or CPAP.
We know how to operate in this highly political and bureaucratic environment!
We truly understand the situation that you and your loved one are in and we have solutions for you!
Our contacts, network and understanding in the industry are wide and deep and will be advantageous for you and your loved one!
If you want to find out how we can help you to get your loved one out of Intensive Care including palliative care or Long-term acute care (also nursing home) or if you find that you have insufficient support for your loved one at home on a ventilator, if you want to know how to get funding for our service or if you have any questions please send me an email to [email protected] or call on one of the numbers below.
Australia/New Zealand +61 41 094 2230
USA/Canada +1 415-915-0090
UK/Ireland +44 118 324 3018
Also, check out our careers section here
We are currently hiring ICU/PICU nurses for clients in the Melbourne metropolitan area and in South Gippsland/Victoria.
We are an NDIS, TAC (Victoria) and DVA (Department of Veteran affairs) approved community service provider in Australia.
Also, have a look at our range of full service provisions here
We have also been part of the Royal Melbourne health accelerator program for innovative health care companies last year!
Thank you for tuning into this week’s blog.
This is Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME and I see you again next week in another update!