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!
In the last blog I shared
You can check out last week’s episode by clicking on the link here.
In this week’s blog, I want to answer another frequently asked question from our readers and clients and the question this week is
What happens if you can’t come off the ventilator in intensive care?
Today’s question is a question we get almost daily from our readers and it is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed.
When Patients in Intensive Care can’t be weaned off ventilation, one need to distinguish between not being able to wean off a ventilator and the breathing tube or endotracheal tube or not being able to wean off the ventilator and tracheostomy.
If your loved one can’t be weaned off ventilation and the breathing tube/endotracheal tube, it’s unlikely your loved one can go home with INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME services, except in circumstances where your loved one faces an end of life situation, then we can provide palliative care at home for a “one-way extubation” and help your loved one and your family to have end of life services at home instead of Intensive Care!
Therefore, end of life care can be provided in a much nicer and much more Patient and family friendly environment.
If your loved one isn’t in an end of life situation, but is unable to be weaned off the ventilator and the breathing tube/endotracheal tube, please have a look at the following articles/videos here
If your loved one however has been ventilated for many days or many weeks and sometimes even many months and is unable to be weaned off the ventilator and the tracheostomy or if it is possible for your loved one to be weaned off the ventilator and the tracheostomy, but it takes much longer to come off the ventilator and the tracheostomy then you and your family should definitely consider bringing your loved one home with INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME.
That’s it. It’s as simple as that.
Your loved one needs to be medically stable as well and needs to be off inotropes/vasopressors.
Anything else can be managed at home.
We can provide Intensive Care At Home services in the home full stop and get your loved one out of a depressing and sterile Intensive Care and hospital environment into the comfort of your own home.
We can bring the services to where it makes more sense for you, your family and also for your loved one!
Imagine how much better you, your family and your loved one will feel in a more natural and family friendly environment, compared to the confinements of an Intensive Care Unit.
We often find Patients recovering quicker at home, which makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?
We can set you up with everything you need ranging from ICU nurses 24/7 as well as equipment, because of our level of specialisation and accreditation.
We can guide you every step of the way.
What about costs?
Well, the good news is that we actually create a win-win situation.
What does that mean?
It means that
- We improve the quality of life and/or quality of end of life for your loved one and for your family
- We’ll make sure that you and your family can get back to ‘normality’ rather than spending day and night in Intensive Care in order to be with your loved one. You can be at home with your loved one instead!
- We also create a great incentive for Hospitals and Intensive Care Units because we reduce the cost of an Intensive Care/ICU bed by approximately 50%
- We free up the most sought after and “in-demand” bed in a hospital an Intensive Care (ICU) bed, as well as other resources such as Intensive Care staff and other resources such as equipment that can be used for other critically ill Patients in need of an Intensive Care bed
- There are other more soft and ‘intangible’ problems we solve, such as keeping families together. We know we have helped people get out of financial distress, saved marriages by simply bringing services to families instead of families spending endless time in Intensive Care etc…
The bottom line is that we can bring Intensive Care into your home and facilitate long-term ventilation with tracheostomy, but also ventilator weaning as well as end of life care when appropriate.
Services also include tracheostomy care, i.e. if you or your loved one has a tracheostomy (not ventilated). As you’re aware, a tracheostomy needs daily specialist nursing care.
We can also provide 24/7 home care for non-invasive BIPAP/CPAP ventilation when Patients don’t have a tracheostomy, however still need the specialist skills of Intensive Care nursing staff to manage such ventilation therapy.
Furthermore, we can also facilitate and safely manage central lines (CVC) or PICC lines at home for home TPN or IV antibiotics.
For our full range of our service offerings please have a look here
You can also read some case studies here
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 and in South Gippsland/Victoria Warragul/Leongatha area.
We are an NDIS, TAC (Victoria), DHHS 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 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!