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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 and children with tracheostomy 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 by providing quality care.
In last week’s blog, I answered another question from one of our readers where the reader asked
How to get evidence based care and treatment at home for long-term ventilated patients with tracheostomy and other medically complex patients!
In this week’s blog I want to answer another question we get quite frequently
What is required for an intensive care unit at home?
This is a very straight forward and great question we get quite frequently and I want to answer it succinctly to keep it short and get to the point.
- A client and a family ready and willing to go home instead of unnecessarily spending many weeks, months or even years in ICU/PICU
- A team of experienced ICU/PICU nurses with a minimum of two years ICU/PICU experience and a postgraduate qualification in critical care (our average number of years of ICU/PICU experience is 8-10 years and we employ hundreds of years ICU/PICU experience combined in our business)
- Equipment that enables intensive care at home such as ventilators, spare tracheostomies, ventilation circuits, suction machines, monitors, suction catheters, resuscitation bag, humidifier, nebulising machine, cough assist, machine, face masks, Guedel airways, nasopharyngeal airways, tracheostomy dressings, dilators etc… in essence all the equipment that is needed in ICU just now it being used at home.
- A 3rd party accredited intensive care at home nursing service. Providing an intensive care substitution service at home is a task that can be achieved with the right support structure and with the right policies and procedures. Applying intensive care in a home care setting is only save if it is provided by evidence based and 3rd party accredited care just like in a hospital. You wouldn’t want the baggage handler flying an airplane instead of the pilot or would you? It’s the same with intensive care at home. If you don’t have the quality systems that enable ICU/PICU nurses to do their jobs safely it’s like flying an airplane without a pilot.
As of June 2020 intensive care at home is the only nursing service in Australia that has built and developed a 3rd party accredited quality system for intensive care at home nursing services. Therefore we have built substantial intellectual property that enables us to keep our clients safe even though they need intensive care.
- How to get evidence based care and treatment at home for long-term ventilated patients with tracheostomy and other medically complex patients!
- a medical team overseeing the care of the client
- a robust and positive mindset. A robust mindset is necessary as many intensive care units still operate under the outdated paradigm that intensive care patients have two options a) leave intensive care and go to a hospital ward b) they don’t survive and die
The good news is that this paradigm and outdated thinking is obsolete and with intensive care at home a third proven and evidence based pathway has been developed successfully putting many families and clients in control in their own home instead of intensive care.
- 50% less money. Yes this is true and a matter of fact. In order to provide intensive care at home and in order to improve our clients quality of life/quality of end of life you need 50% less money compared to an ICU/PICU stay. Instead of a funding body paying $5,000- $6,000 per bed day, intensive care at home costs approximately 50% less. A true win-win situation for all stakeholders. Families and their loved ones want to be at home, hospitals want ICU beds and health care funding agencies want to reduce the cost.
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If you have a loved one in intensive care with long term ventilation, and tracheostomy needs or any other medical complexities, you should also contact me on one of the numbers on the top of our website, or just simply send me an email to [email protected]
And if you are an intensive care nurse or a pediatric intensive care nurse and you’re looking to get out of the craziness of an intensive care unit and work for us in a much nicer and more holistic and client centric family environment, you should contact us as well and should check out our career section on our website here
We currently have vacancies for experienced ICU and pediatric ICU nurses in Melbourne, on the Mornington peninsula, in the northern suburbs in Melbourne and also in Sunbury. So really all across the Melbourne metropolitan area, including country Victoria, and you can escape the hustle and bustle of intensive care and work in a much nicer and much more family friendly and holistic environment.
You can also have a look at our service section where we detail exactly how we deliver services or tailor made services for our clients and their families and also for hospitals in intensive care units.
We have also been part of the Royal Melbourne health accelerator program in the past for innovative health care companies. Thank you so much for tuning into this week’s vlog and I’ll talk to you in a few days.
This is Patrik Hutzel from intensive care at home and I’ll talk to you in a few days.