Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME where we provide tailor made solutions for long-term ventilated Adults & Children with Tracheostomies whilst providing quality care and where we also provide tailor made solutions for hospitals and Intensive Care Units to save money and resources where we provide win-win situations for all of our stakeholders and clients.
So in last week’s blog, I talked about
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In today’s blog. I want to answer a question that we get quite frequently here at intensive care at home and the question this week is
Can You Discharge a Patient Home from ICU Directly?
Now, what a great question to look at today, because any of you that are familiar with intensive care, the paradigm in intensive care, generally speaking for the last few decades, there’s two options for a patient in ICU, and that is number one they go to a hospital ward after discharge or they die.
So that’s a very limited mindset and it doesn’t serve the clients or the patients, and it doesn’t serve hospitals and intensive care units either. So then the question is, can you go home directly from ICU?
And the short answer to that question is yes, because with services like intensive care at home, you absolutely can go home from ICU directly, especially when it comes to long-term ventilation, tracheostomy, when it comes to BiPAP or noninvasive airway management, patients can go home directly.
And how does that work in practice? Well, it works in practice quite frankly because we replicate intensive care in the home. So basically what we do is we send intensive care nurses into the home 24 hours a day, just like an intensive care unit is staffed by intensive care nurses, 24 hours a day and we do exactly the same in the home care environment.
So from that perspective, we can provide an intensive care substitution service and we can improve the quality of life for patients and their families in the home.
So we basically provide all the equipment that is needed in the home care environment for long-term intensive care patients.
We can provide things like home TPN, which is intravenous nutrition, but we can also provide things like enteral nutrition, like either feeds with a PEG feed tube, or with a nasogastric feed tube.
But overall, we can also provide mechanical ventilation of course. We can provide tracheostomy care. We can provide non-invasive ventilation care such as BiPAP, CPAP.
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And some of our clients, we also provide seizure management at home because as you know when it comes to seizure management, often airways become unstable and the only way you can safely manage an unstable airway is with critical care trained nurses in the home.
So our goals in the home care environment really are our client’s goals and what are our client’s goals?Our client’s goals are to leave intensive care. The goals are to improve their quality of life at home.
And in some instances, it is to improve quality of end of life in a home care environment which is very, very difficult to be achieved in intensive care where patients have no privacy. They have very little dignity, if any, at all and families are spending day and night in ICU to be with their loved ones. So it’s a very difficult situation for anyone to stay in ICU long-term.
And also by providing the intensive care at home service, we’re also providing a win for the intensive care unit because by taking long-term intensive care patients out of ICU, we’re creating, we’re freeing up resources for intensive care units and freeing up beds, freeing up staff, freeing up equipment so that the next critically ill patient can actually be treated in the intensive care environment.
So again, everybody’s winning by providing intensive care at home for the right patients. So that is answering your question hopefully, can a patient go home from intensive care directly?
Absolutely. Yes. With our service intensive care at home, where we provide the intensive care substitution service in the home.
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
And if you are an intensive care nurse or a pediatric intensive care nurse, and you’re looking to get out of the craziness of an intensive care unit and work for us in a much nicer and more holistic and client-centric family environment, you should contact us as well and should check out our career section on our website here.
We are currently hiring ICU/PICU nurses for clients in the Melbourne metropolitan area, northern suburbs, Mornington Peninsula, Frankston area and in South Gippsland/Victoria (Warragul/Leongatha and Trafalgar).
We are an NDIS, TAC (Victoria) and DVA (Department of Veteran affairs) approved community service provider in Australia.
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We have also been part of the Royal Melbourne health accelerator program for innovative health care companies!
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This is Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME and I see you again next week in another update.
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