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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!
In the last blog I shared
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME now part of HealthXL
You can check out last week’s blog here!
In this week’s blog I want to share
Where do long-term ventilated adults& children in Australia go?
The number of long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies in Australia and all over the world is increasing!
We are getting enquiries from people all over the world for our services!
Providing INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME for long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies, rather than keeping them in Intensive Care for many weeks or many months makes a lot of sense for Patients and their families.
It helps improve the quality of life for Patients and their families and on an economic level it brings the cost down by around 50% and it helps free up “in-demand” and precious Intensive Care beds!
The only first world countries who have a proven and reliable alternative for long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies to leave Intensive Care and go home are Germany and Australia!
And in Australia, INETNSIVE CARE AT HOME thus far is the only service provider who has third party accreditation to provide INTENSIVE HOME CARE!
But the question that we also get is what’s happening with long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies who are already in the community?
And we also get people calling us who are literally left with little or no support who have a loved one at home on a ventilator with tracheostomy!
The current situation for most long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies in Australia is a sad state of affairs.
Most Patients and their families are suffering in silence if they are at home…
It’s crystal clear for us as a quality and accredited service provider who has the “know-how and also third party accreditation that many long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies and their families are not getting the support they need!
This is evident by some hospitals claiming that they don’t have the resources to provide more than 30 hours a week of attendant care support and 8 hours a week Registered Nursing support.
As I said in the beginning, it’s a very sad state of affairs.
Some people that come to us say that their families can’t work and stopped producing an income because they are in a position where looking after their loved one on a ventilator has taken over their family’s life!
They are telling us that their whole lives have changed in terms of income, careers, family relations, stress levels etc… and it hasn’t changed to the better!
Most services who claim that they can “provide” services to long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies are not accredited to do so and therefore are working outside of their scopes of practice.
Providing services to long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies without accreditation and without highly skilled and qualified Registered Nurses is dangerous and even negligent!
The reason I’m saying this is that we have evidence that most long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies at home who are not looked after by a specialised and accredited Intensive Home Care nursing service provider like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME have regular ICU or hospital readmissions.
And of course they do.
How can an attendant carer agency prevent a hospital readmission for somebody on a ventilator and tracheostomy?
How can a family who is already stressed out because they get no support and no respite keep their loved one on a ventilator with tracheostomy out of ICU or out of hospital?
It’s nearly impossible.
Attendant care agencies also can’t be pro-actively marketing their services to Intensive Care Units to help them manage their resources better by discharging long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies home from ICU!
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME as a fully accredited Intensive Home Care nursing service can do that and can help ICU’s facilitate a discharge home for some of their long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies!
We also work with KPI’s and what stands out for us that we mostly deliver on our number one KPI, which is zero readmissions back to ICU!
Most attendant carer agencies working with long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies have their clients go back to hospital/ICU all the time.
Even some public agencies who claim to be the “experts” when it comes to long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies have their clients go back to hospital/ICU all the time.
It would therefore be much smarter to look at an option like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME where the result to have quality of life and/or quality of end of life is guaranteed!
We are also strong advocates for our clients and their families because our clients are our bread and butter!
What are your thoughts?
Do you think that having little or no support at home for long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies is the way to go?
Would you want your family member at home on a ventilator with no support or would you much rather have an accredited service like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME?
Leave your comments on the blog.
For more information and how we can help your long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies, you can contact me on 041 094 2230 or email [email protected]
Also, visit us at the Advanced Care Planning national conference next week on the 16th and 17th November 2016 at the Melbourne exhibition centre where we are a sponsor of the conference!
We are also currently hiring enthusiastic and experienced Intensive Care nurses with Critical Care certificate for Clients in Melbourne.
We would also like to hear from you if you have a minimum of 2 years Paediatric ICU experience, as we have opportunities here as well!
For more information check out our Career section here www.intensivecareathome.com.au/careers or contact Patrik on 041 094 2230 or simply send an email to [email protected] .
We are also a TAC and DVA(Department of Veteran affairs) approved community service provider
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!