When a new patient arrives on the Ventilator Unit, he is seen by every member of the treatment team within the first 24 hours. During the initial few days, the team assembles together with the patient’s family to formulate the initial plan of care. Thereafter, that patient will be the focus of team meetings for few months, monthly meetings and quarterly meetings thereafter.
Sessions can also be convened at any time at the family’s request. Problems with speech and swallowing are of central concern for a ventilator population. Restoring the ability to communicate produces greater independence for the patient and adds enormously to the quality of life.
The combination of attentive bedside care, nutritional support and aggressive mobilization therapy lead many from bed confinement to mobility and result in non-surgical solutions for the great majority of chronic pressure ulcerations.