Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in intensive care. Currently, we’re working with a client who has their mother in intensive care for about a couple of weeks and they failed extubation, which is they can’t come off the ventilator and the breathing tube.
So now their mother needs a tracheostomy and I advised to consent to a tracheostomy. Now as you may have heard me say before, especially for our audience in the US, that whenever tracheostomy is done, the next step could be LTAC or long-term acute care facility and that’s already on the cards for this lady.
As I advised previous clients as well we can stop the ICU’s from sending their loved ones into LTAC when that is on the cards simply by advocating and by making a clinical argument because when patients go into LTAC, it’s a disaster, patients are dying in LTAC. LTAC’s are not designed to look after patients on ventilation and tracheostomy.
So my tip for today really is, you know, whenever your loved one needs a tracheostomy and potentially needs to go into LTAC contact us and we can help you avoid LTAC. We’ve got some case studies on our website how we successfully avoided LTAC for other clients as well. So go and read our case studies and contact us us at intensivecarehotline.com if you need help if you have a loved one in intensive care.