Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME where we provide tailor made solutions for long-term ventilated Adults & Children with Tracheostomies and otherwise medically complex Patients by improving their Quality of life and where we also provide tailor made solutions to hospitals and Intensive Care Units, reducing the cost of an ICU bed by 50%, whilst providing Quality Care!
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In today’s blog I want to look once again on the quality aspect when it comes to looking after long-term ventilated adults& children with tracheostomies in a home care environment
Looking after ventilated patients with tracheostomies at home is like flying a plane, you can only do it with skill and expertise!
In today’s blog I want to focus once again on the quality aspect when it comes to looking after long-term ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies at home.
After having worked in Intensive Care for 20 years, I have an appreciation of how much training doctors and nurses need to go through and complete before they can master their skill and their profession.
Looking after ventilated Patients in intensive care with a breathing tube or tracheostomy is a skill that can’t be learned or even mastered overnight and it takes theoretical learning a well as many hours in practice to perform this skill safely and competently.
In fact, it’s a bit like flying an airplane. You only want an experienced pilot do it in order to fly you safely from A to B.
Pilots and their crew go through lengthy and sophisticated checklists before they depart the airplane and pilots have done years of training and many hours of flying airplanes under supervision before they can fly an airplane independently.
Airlines train their pilots to manage emergencies and know what to do if there are any unforeseen circumstances and turbulences. You wouldn’t ask the steward or the stewardess to land the plane safely in case an engine breaks down or would you?
You wouldn’t just pick people off the street and ask them to fly an airplane without any training or would you?
Looking after ventilated Patients takes years of practice and highly specialised training!
It’s very similar to looking after ventilated Patients with breathing tubes or tracheostomies.
You wouldn’t just pick people off the street and ask them to look after a Patient on life support or would you?
Hospitals, Intensive Care Units as well as our organisation INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME doesn’t just pick people off the street to look after highly vulnerable Patients on life support with ventilation and tracheostomies, because it takes many years of highly specialised training and many years of practice in order to be competent!
That’s what looking after ventilated adults or children with tracheostomies is. Those highly vulnerable Patients are on life support and thankfully it can be done at home now safely with the right support structure, accreditation and highly skilled and highly qualified staff.
Remember, the pilot that has years of training and experience, can land the plane safely in an emergency!
That’s what highly specialised, highly skilled and highly experienced doctors and nurses do when it comes to ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies. They can manage, troubleshoot, prevent and therefore get a Patient safely from A to B and they can also manage the emergencies which inevitably come up and therefore keep Patients safe at all times!
It still boggles my mind that some organisations offer to look after ventilated Patients with tracheostomies with unqualified staff such as support workers or Registered Nurses that never worked in ICU/PICU.
That’s like flying an airplane without a pilot. A crash is waiting to happen and we have seen it in practice.
It boggles my mind how some organisations can take a ventilated adult or child with tracheostomy home with untrained and unskilled staff, basically letting them perform tasks that could kill a Patient because they are on life support.
In a hospital, ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies need to be in specialist areas such as ICU/PICU or at least on specialised ventilation weaning units where the skills of an ICU/PICU nurse are available and where ventilator competent medical staff can oversee the care being delivered against best practice standards.
Again, it takes many years of Intensive Care training to become competent and highly skilled to safely look after ventilated and tracheostomised adults and children, just like flying an airplane takes years of practice and training!
In order to make a smooth transition from Intensive Care to a home care environment for ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies, one also needs to make sure that the skills and expertise needed in a home care environment are readily available.
It is important that quality standards remain very high and on a similar level compared to hospital intensive care in order to get ventilated Patients with tracheostomies home safely and eliminate the need for a burdensome and expensive stay in Intensive Care.
So what are the quality standards needed at home for ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies?
The quality standards needed are very similar to Intensive Care and are therefore a “no-brainer”.
- ICU/PICU nurses with a minimum of 2 years ICU/PICU experience to ensure they had sufficient exposure to ventilated Patients with tracheostomies and are therefore competent to manage those Patients 24/7
- A doctor who is an Intensive Care specialist, anaesthetist or respiratory physician overseeing the specialised intensive home nursing care delivered at home
Where is the evidence?
- The evidence is in the MECHANICAL HOME VENTILATION GUIDELINES where the evidence is there that the only safe way to look after ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies at home is with ICU/PICU nurses. The guidelines are published on our website here
The guidelines are a result or best practice and evidence based practice after having provided intensive care at home nursing services for over 20 years in Germany.
Because our model of INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is a model based on the successful German model, we exclusively work with critical care registered nurses who have a minimum of two years ICU/PICU experience in order to meet our clients safety and quality standards.
In fact we are currently employing hundreds of years ICU/PICU nursing experience in order to make smooth transitions from ICU/PICU to home for our ventilated clients with tracheostomies.
- In the USA, many Patients go from ICU to LTAC (long-term acute care facilities) only to end up in facilities that are not geared to look after ventilated Patients with tracheostomies! LTAC’s work with unqualified RN’s that have no ventilator experience and we have literally people begging us to help them get their loved ones out of LTAC and home with our service. It’s another sign that looking after ventilated Patients with tracheostomies needs the skills of ICU/PICU nurses and doctors!
- One of our first clients with 24/7 ventilation and tracheostomy had regular readmissions back to ICU after he was looked after at home by support workers with no formal training! It was of no surprise to us that he needed frequent ICU/PICU admissions because he couldn’t be safely managed at home on life support without the skills of ICU/PICU nurses under the umbrella of an accredited Intensive Home Care nursing service
You can read the case study here
- A YOUNG CLIENT WAS GOING BACK TO INTENSIVE CARE REGULARLY! INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME PUT A STOP TO IT, IMMEDIATELY!
- Look for accreditation and licensing
Anybody who is looking after ventilated adults and children at home needs to have similar rigorous quality standards than hospitals and ICU’s/PICU’s have. Anything less is like flying the airplane without a pilot.
Therefore, we go through annual accreditation and therefore our service is open to transparent screening by a third party in order to maintain our high quality standards.
You can look up our accreditation and certification for INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME here
We have built years and decades of intellectual property when it comes to the delivery of INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME nursing services, including but not limited to ventilated adults and children with tracheostomies!
Critical Care Nurse consultant
INTENSIVE CARE AT 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
Also, check out our careers section here
We are currently hiring ICU/PICU nurses for clients in the Melbourne metropolitan area and in South Gippsland/Victoria.
We are an NDIS, TAC (Victoria) and DVA (Department of Veteran affairs) approved community service provider in Australia.
Also, have a look at our range of full service provisions here
We have also been part of the Royal Melbourne health accelerator program for innovative health care companies last 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!