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
You can check out last week’s blog here!
In this week’s blog I want to share
How to transition a ventilated adult or child from Intensive Care to a home care environment!
Many enquiries that we get- regardless if they are hospitals/ Intensive Care Units or if they are enquiries from Patients and their families- they simply want to know how it works when making a successful transition from Intensive Care to a home care environment for ventilated adults & children with tracheostomies!
Therefore, I want to pull the curtain today and I want to bring some transparency in the process of how a successful transition happens from Intensive Care to home.
Up until recently, most outdated and old-fashioned paradigms in Intensive Care in Australia, the UK as well as in the US and Canada suggested that Patients either leave Intensive Care to go to a hospital ward or they’d die!
What a bleak outlook as well as limited and narrow-minded thinking.
Intensive Care Units in Europe, mainly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France have been discharging ventilated Patients from their ICU’s to an Intensive home care environment for the last 20 years.
Because they give Intensive Care Patients and their families choice, because they have long ago realised that long-term ventilated adults& children don’t belong to Intensive Care and the only way to improve their quality of life is in a home care environment!
The only way to save 50% of the cost for these Patients is also to discharge them home.
What can’t be measured in monetary terms is that we improve the quality of life for our Patients and their families!
By discharging some Intensive Care Patients home also helps other critically ill Patients to get access to precious, scarce, “in-demand” and expensive Intensive Care beds!
Now let’s look at how to make a successful transition for a long-term ventilated Intensive Care Patient to home possible!
It’s not easy, but it’s simple!
The good news is that we know how to do it and we have developed Intellectual property around it with our 3rd party accreditation for INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME services.
I have been involved in many successful transitions from Intensive Care to a home care environment for ventilated adults & children with tracheostomies in Germany and Australia.
Therefore, for all the naysayers, it’s possible, it just needs the right set-up, the right equipment and most importantly it needs the right mindset!
For those Intensive Care Units, Departments of health and Private Health funds who want to stay in the dark ages, who want to keep paying $5,000 per bed day instead of reducing the cost by 50% and don’t want to give their Patients and their families choice to improve their quality of life at home, yes INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is possible!
It’s a matter of creating the right environment, by setting up a mini-ICU at home with the right equipment and the right staff who have the right mindset.
We work with Intensive Care nursing staff and we work with medical specialists such as Respiratory Physicians, Intensivists, Paediatricians and GP’s.
For more detailed information, you can also look at our section for DISCHARGE MANAGEMENT
Do you have any questions how to make a transition from Intensive Care to home possible? Leave your questions on the blog.
If you want to find out how we can help you to get your loved one out of Intensive 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 or if you have any questions please send me an email to [email protected] or call on one of the numbers below.
USA/Canada +1 415-915-0090
Australia/New Zealand +61 41 094 2230
UK/Ireland +44 118 324 3018
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We are an NDIS, TAC(Victoria) and DVA(Department of Veteran affairs) approved community service provider in Australia.
We are also part of the Royal Melbourne health accelerator program
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!