Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from www.intensivecareathome.com.au where we provide tailor made solutions for long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy 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!
In last week’s BLOG I shared an article from the ABC
You can check out last week’s blog here.
In this week’s blog I want to share
“HOW TO GET RESULTS WHEN LOOKING AFTER LONG-TERM VENTILATED ADULTS& CHILDREN WITH TRACHEOSTOMIES!”
I’m always intrigued to see how much unnecessary time long-term ventilated adults and children spend in Intensive Care before they ever get to a place where they can really move forward and improve their quality of life and/or their quality of end of life!
It’s one of the reasons why the cost to look after long-term ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies have spiralled out of control in a clinical environment!
It really comes down to me having seen what’s possible for long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies in a home care environment!
Intensive Home Care is a concept and a paradigm shift that many ICU’s still struggle with in Australia, even though the concept and care model has been around for coming close to two decades in many European countries.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post DRG’s AO6A and AO6B- which are the DRG’s for long-term ventilation and tracheostomy in ICU- are the second highest ranking DRG’s when it comes to costs, after LVAD insertion- in Australia!
Hundreds of Millions of Dollars are spent every year in Intensive Care Units without Hospitals, Departments of health and Private health insurances taking responsibility to reduce the cost and also provide services to the Patients and their Families that are holistic and more Patient and family friendly.
By taking long-term ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies home instead of keeping them in ICU and institutionalised everybody wins.
Other first world and developed countries- nearly two decades ago- have solved this problem by providing Intensive home care for long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies!
This provides results and win-win situations for all stakeholders
- Patients and Families can be in a Patient and family friendly environment which is their home
- Patients and Families can make drastic improvements in their quality of life and/or quality of end of life
- Patients and families can finally feel like they are more in control of their destiny, rather than being in a depressing and limiting clinical Intensive Care environment
- Patients and Families can now look at what opportunities and possibilities are available in a home care environment, despite their perceived and real limitations
- Intensive Care units can free up their precious, “in-demand” and expensive ICU beds and admit more acutely unwell Patients
- Intensive Care Units, Hospitals, Departments of health and Private health funds can reduce their expenses from $ 5,000 per bed day to a rate that is less than $ 3,000 per bed day
- Intensive Care Units and hospitals have the capacity to improve their resource management by having beds, staff, equipment and other resources available
What are your thoughts? Do you think that Intensive Care Units get the desired results for long-term ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies or do you think that new and innovative models of care can provide a better solution?
Leave your comments on the blog!
We are also currently hiring enthusiastic and experienced Intensive Care nurses with Critical Care certificate for a ventilated Melbourne Client, close to the CBD.
For more information check out our Career section here www.intensivecareathome.com.au/careers or contact Patrik on 041 094 2230
You can also contact me if you want to know more about how we can help you, your Intensive Care Unit and your Patients and Families.
Thank you for tuning into this week’s blog.
This is Patrik Hutzel from www.intensivecareathome.com.au and I’ll see you again in another update next week.