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 look into the future, look at what’s happening overseas and where innovation in health care is headed to constantly provide value for the health care system, their clients and Patients!
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME, the opportunity of a lifetime!
Whilst in Australia INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME really is the opportunity of a lifetime for Patients, their families and also for Intensive Care Units, in other developed and first world countries INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME has been around for the last 20 years.
Particularly Germany has been the first country world wide that developed and integrated INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME models on a large scale.
But INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is now also a reality in Australia and the concept has been proven to be a success for all stakeholders!
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME really is the opportunity of a lifetime and it’s not a fad or a trend, it’s here to stay.
Looking at it from different perspectives it makes perfect sense.
- It provides a unique and holistic care model to Patients (adults & children) on long-term life support or with complex care needs and their families
- It’s a genuine alternative to a long-term stay in Intensive Care
- It helps Intensive Care Units to free their expensive and in-demand ICU beds
- It saves more than 50% of the cost of an Intensive Care bed/per day
- It gets much needed Intensive Care nursing staff and nursing skills into the community to keep Patients out of Intensive Care- in fact we are the first service provider in Australia sending Intensive Care nursing staff into the community
- The model and concept has been proven in Australia and in Germany and therefore it’s only going to expand from here
- It provides accredited, certified and standardised care in the community for Patients (Adults & children) on long-term life support in the community instead of a long-term stay in Intensive Care- In fact, we are the first and at this stage only service provider in Australia that is accredited to provide INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME services (click on the link for more info about our third party accreditation here)
- Therefore we have developed a lot of IP in this area and we know from experience what needs to be done in the community to a) transition Patients on life support home from Intensive Care b) make sure they can improve their quality of life at home
- It’s also giving Patients, their families and Intensive Care Units choice, which needs no further explanation in a first world country. The right to choose and to live in a first world country need no further explanation as far as I’m concerned.
- Furthermore, legislation in Victoria (Australia) is changing in March 2018 and it’ll give health consumers a choice when it comes to end of life decision making. The legislation will be more health consumer focused and will give people a choice and it will move away from the current “one size fits all” approach that most Intensive Care Units use.
- For more information about the upcoming changes in Victoria please click the link here
- Therefore, Patients and their families will have more rights to choose from what they want. NFR/DNR orders can’t be issued without Patient or NOK consent. Therefore the current “one size fits all” approach for long-term life support dependent Intensive Care Patients will change simply by consumers and external service providers driving the necessary change
The Patients and their families that I’m talking about are extremely vulnerable individuals who are reliant on 1:1 specialised Intensive Home nursing care because they require tracheostomy care, mechanical ventilation, non-invasive ventilation like BIPAP/CPAP, Home TPN, seizure management and/or unstable airway management even if they don’t require mechanical ventilation.
Taking those Patients (adults & children) out of Intensive Care into their own home makes a lot of sense, especially when the cost can be reduced by more than 50% and especially if an expensive and in-demand Intensive Care bed can be freed for another Patient!
Therefore, INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is the opportunity of a lifetime and it’s not going away anytime soon!
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 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!
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!