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Hi it’s Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVECAREATHOME.COM.AU where we help long-term ventilated Adults& Children with Tracheostomy to improve their Quality of life and where we also help hospitals and Intensive Care Units to save money and resources, whilst providing Quality Care!
In last week’s blog I was asking the question “INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is it evidence based?” and I gave some answers and evidence. If you haven’t read the blog you can access it here. https://intensivecareathome.com/intensive-care-home-evidence-based/
In this week’s blog I want to pick up a story that has received world wide media attention and has made headlines in recent months. Many of us would have heard that “Nelson Mandela is receiving Intensive Care treatment in his home!”
The former President of South Africa and 1993 recipient of the Nobel peace prize has been discharged from Intensive Care and he has been receiving Intensive Care treatment in his home since September this year, after a nearly three month stay in Intensive Care for Pneumonia, prior to his discharge home. His Intensive Care treatment at home has been featured in many media outlets around the world in recent months.
One media outlet has cited “The government has largely refused to give details about Mandela’s condition, citing the need for privacy, but said “he continues to recover”.
One of Nelson Mandela’s grandson’s reported “He is still progressing steadily but very much under a critical condition.”
Whilst his full medical condition remains undisclosed, it’s very likely that he has a Tracheostomy, as Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela this week told a local newspaper that he remains “quite ill” and is unable to speak because of tubes being used to clear his lungs of liquid. The bedroom in his home is like an ICU ward.”
I have put links to some media articles at the end of the blog.
Nelson Mandela has been a strong proponent, fighter and advocate for human rights, peace and he has been an anti-apartheid revolutionary in his home country and now he appears to be the first prominent person who receives Intensive Care in the Home treatment that receives worldwide media attention! Nelson Mandela has always been a “moral authority” with a great concern “for truth”. He has been a great driver and implementer of change.
Even in his final days, he appears to be advocating for change that could affect many people in the future in the health care sector as an advocate for Home Care, despite being critically ill!
There are clear indicators that with an ageing population, Intensive Care beds being expensive and scarce, and with Hospital waiting lists growing, INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME treatment is becoming a reality and an accepted model of care!
What are your thoughts? Do you think Nelson Mandela’s Intensive Care at Home’s treatment is a good indicator for change in practice? Leave your comments on the blog here.
If you want to discuss your needs and how we can help your Intensive Care Unit and your long-term ventilated Patients and their Families and if your organisation wants to free up ICU beds or if you simply have any questions, give me a call on 041 094 2230 or simply reply send me an email to [email protected]
This is Patrik Hutzel from INTENSIVECAREATHOME.COM.AU and I’ll see you again in another update next week.
- Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-17/nelson-mandela-sick-talk-winnie-treatment-lung/5097906