Hi it’s Patrik from intensivecareathome.com.au where we help long-term ventilated adults& children with Tracheostomy to improve their Quality of life and where we also help hospitals and Intensive Care Units to save money and resources, whilst providing Quality Care!
In last week’s blog I was talking about “Tracheostomy and ventilator dependency, why HOME is the only place to be!” If you haven’t read it you can click on the link here. https://intensivecareathome.com/tracheostomy-ventilator-dependency-home-place/
In this week’s blog I want to talk about what’s best practice guidelines when it comes to long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy in their own home as a genuine alternative to a long-term stay in Intensive Care.
Unfortunately, many Intensive Care Units still keep most long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy in their Intensive Care Units. In order to make a smooth and frictionless transition from Intensive Care to a home care environment possible and improve the lives of Long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy and their Families, INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME follows the best practice guidelines (https://intensivecareathome.com/mechanical-home-ventilation-guidelines/) that have been successfully operational in many European countries for more than a decade now when it comes to long-term ventilation with Tracheostomy for Adults& Children.
Those guidelines and our service offer are closely aligned with
- Offering a genuine alternative to a long-term stay in Intensive Care
- Offering quality services with Critical Care trained nurses that make INTENSIVE HOME CARE SERVICES a reality
- Providing long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy with Quality of Life and/or Quality- of- end of Life in a much more Client and Family friendly HOME environment
- Providing a HOLISTIC care model that embraces all of a Client’s and their Family’s needs who is requiring ongoing ventilation with Tracheostomy
- Creating opportunities and possibilities for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy, to the point where a reintegration into a normal life is a real possibility, i.e. getting children back to school and some adults back to work, university etc… something that can’t be achieved if Patients are kept in Intensive Care long term
- Families going back to living their lives as well and they don’t have to spend day and night in Intensive Care as they often do if their loved one is in Intensive Care
- Helping Intensive Care Units to effectively manage their expensive and scarce resources, such as beds and staff by freeing up ICU beds
- Therefore giving Intensive Care Units the opportunity to admit more acutely unwell Patients and as a direct result reduce waiting lists and have a more satisfied nursing and medical workforce who look after the Patients that are in acute need of an ICU bed
Those are some of the most important advantages of providing Home Care for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy and if you are interested in wanting to know more about the latest guidelines for mechanical home ventilation you can find more information here on our website
Those guidelines have been in place in Germany for about 15 years now, where Intensive Home Care nursing services have been successfully operating since the late 1990’s as part of extending Intensive Care services out into the community with massive success.
What are your thoughts? What do you think are the pros and cons about providing a genuine alternative for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy at home instead of Intensive Care? Leave your comments here on the blog!
If you are a health professional in Intensive Care and you think you know a long-term ventilated Adult or Child with Tracheostomy and their Family who would like to improve their Quality of Life and/or their Quality of end of Life in their own home rather than in Intensive Care- even if it is to go home for a weekend- and if your organisation would also like to save money and resources along the way or if you simply have any questions, give us a call on 041 094 2230 or simply send me an email to [email protected]
This is Patrik Hutzel from intensivecareathome.com.au and I’ll see you again in another update next week.