Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME where we provide tailor made solutions for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomies by improving their Quality of life and where we also provide tailor made solutions to hospitals and Intensive Care Units to save money and resources, whilst providing Quality Care!
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In this week’s blog I want to share another story from overseas where the existence of a service like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME could help a toddler and family in need, whilst reducing the cost of an ICU/PICU bed by more than 50%
It goes to show that most countries and most Intensive Care Units stay behind current, best and evidence based practice which is using a service like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME facilitate a discharge from ICU/PICU, cut the cost of an ICU bed to less than 50%, improve the quality of life for Patients and their families and free up in-demand, expensive and precious ICU/PICU beds. A win-win situation!
Bring Joshua home’ – funds needed for baby boy who has spent first nine months in hospital
At nine months old this little boy has spent his whole life in hospital wards.
But, despite now being medically fit, he could still be waiting a while to come home.
Joshua Kent had to be resuscitated for nine minutes before being taken to intensive care when he was born a month early by emergency c-section last year.
After an overwhelming journey, which saw their newborn transferred between hospitals in Coventry and Birmingham three times, his parents now have to install specialist equipment in their house and wait for the council to approve a care package before he can be brought home.
They have been told it could take months.
He has been diagnosed with a lung condition called bronchomalacia, which means he will need long-term ventilation support.
A JustGiving page set up by their friend has already managed to raise more than £1,000 for the new parents in the hope that it will speed up the process.
Cerys Aubrey-Kent, 32, and her partner Tom are now desperate to take their baby boy back to their home in Stoke(UK).
“It’s been nine months in total, it’s a very long time,” she said. “It’s been difficult. Hospital life isn’t very fun and you have good days and bad days.
“He is now medically fit to come home but we need things like a specialist pushchair and equipment for the house in place before he can leave.
“Once he’s home he’ll have nurses with him three or four nights a week and he’ll need to be monitored 24-7.
“The thought of being able to take him home after all this time is scary and exciting. But more exciting than scary, we can’t wait. We’ve waited a very long time for it.”
Baby Joshua, who has spent his whole life in hospital
Joshua spent the first seven weeks of his life in intensive care at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire before being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for three months.
Whilst there he suffered a stroke, which left him partially-sighted, and had a catheter in his heart.
After another month at Coventry, he ended up in Birmingham Children’s Hospital a second time when his reliance on oxygen began creeping up, where he has been ever since.
Joshua’s first visit from Santa
Joshua and mum Cerys Aubrey-Kent
The couple have been living at the charity-funded Ronald MacDonald House in Birmingham, which allows parents to stay as close to their babies as possible during their hospital stay.
First-time mum Cerys, who previously suffered two miscarriages before Joshua came along, said she is very grateful for the generous donations the family has received so far.
“The support has been amazing. It’s breathtaking that many people are behind us and wanting him to come home as much as we do. It has been emotional for us,” she added.
Joshua and dad Tom Kent
At the time of writing the JustGiving page had received £1,455 of its £5,000 target.
The money will be used to buy a special pushchair that can hold a ventilator, oxygen and suction machine as well as a second cot for the nursery so nurses can stay overnight.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bringjoshuakenthome
The original article was first published here.
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.
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We are currently hiring ICU/PICU nurses for clients in Melbourne, Sunbury and in South Gippsland/Victoria.
We are an NDIS, TAC(Victoria) and DVA(Department of Veteran affairs) approved community service provider in Australia.
We have also been part of the Royal Melbourne health accelerator program for innovative health care companies earlier this year!
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This is Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME and I see you again next week in another update!