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!
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You can check out last week’s episode by clicking on the link here.
In this week’s blog, I want to ask the question
When will politicians recognise the value of INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME?
Governments on a state and on a federal level keep pumping in $Billions of dollars into Public and Private Hospitals.
A big bulk of that government money is going to Intensive Care Units. In fact, Intensive Care is by far the most expensive area in a hospital with Intensive Care beds costing in excess of $5,000 per bed day.
Will politicians therefore just keep handing money out like candy without actually looking at how the cost of some Intensive Care beds can be reduced by more than 50%?
Plus, you have the added-on benefit of freeing up one of the most sought after and “in-demand” resource in a hospital, an Intensive Care bed.
Therefore, providing INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME services for a long-term life support dependent Patient with ventilation and tracheostomy or with other medically complex issues is a no-brainer, not only on a quality of life level for Patients and their families, it’s also be a “no-brainer” for Hospitals, Intensive Care Units as well as state and federal governments to support such “win-win” situations.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would have seen over the last few weeks where I shared on this blog that many children are held hostage in ICU where clinicians think there is no perceived alternative but to keep those life support dependent children in Intensive Care.
The good news is that there is a real alternative to send those children as well as adults home with a service like INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME.
There are plenty of case studies we have already published here from our past and current clients and there are more case studies to come because our client base is growing!
Are politicians trying to wash their hands clean by ignoring the day to day realities of long-term Intensive Care Patients?
When will politicians finally realise that providing home care even in higher acuity areas such as Intensive Care is solving many problems on a financial, physical resource, emotional as well as on a family level?
Politicians have been saying for many years that we need to get more people into home care instead of keeping them in hospitals.
Nothing is happening besides lip services. The fact of the matter is that many politicians are trying to keep the status quo by funding hospitals and not funding enough home care.
By not funding INTENSIVE HOME CARE or by constantly threatening our clients to cut funding and in essence sending them back to Intensive Care is extremely short sighted, it puts even more pressure on already overcrowded hospitals and Intensive Care Units and it also costs more in the long run.
In Germany for example, about 20 years ago it was legislated that Home care needs to be funded before Hospital care and the cost of health care came down massively, by providing services that people really want.
By legislating home care as a right and not an option, many of the challenges of high acuity health care did get solved.
As a matter of fact, by bringing Intensive Care nursing skills into somebody’s home solves many problems. INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME is very proud to be the first Australian third party accredited service provider to bring Intensive Care nurses into the community, solving many of the problems I discussed before!
Australian governments as well as many Intensive Care Units still are 20-30 years behind when it comes to efficiently solving one of the biggest problems there is for long-term Intensive Care Patients, their families and for Intensive Care Units.
INTENSIVE CARE AT HOME can solve those problems!
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, Sunbury and in South Gippsland/Victoria.
We are an NDIS, TAC(Victoria) 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 earlier this 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!