Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in intensive care.
Yesterday, I was talking to a client who had their mother in LTAC or long term acute care for about a week and then she went into pulmonary edema. My client’s mother went into pulmonary edema and she had to be readmitted back to ICU.
Now, you would have heard me saying before that we are very opposed to LTAC in general because you know, the best and safest place to wean somebody off the ventilator and tracheostomy is ICU or intensive care and many LTAC’s as soon as complications occur, they don’t have the facilities or the knowledge to deal with it, which means patients are on the one end being sent to LTAC, which is very stressful and then they’re being sent back to intensive care when there’s complications. And again, this is very stressful. And the last thing a critically ill patient needs is added on stress.
So if your loved one is for whatever reason, going to LTAC, which again, we strongly oppose for reasons we mentioned in previous videos and blog posts, you should at least make sure that an ICU is attached to the LTAC because some LTAC actually do have ICU’s attached, but in order to stop your loved one from going to LTAC in the first place, please contact us at intensivecarehotline.com. We’ll take your call and guide you what to do to keep your loved one out of LTAC in the first place.
That’s my tip for today. This is Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com and I’ll talk to you in a few days.