Nancy lived happily at an
independent assisted living residence where she loved attending activities,
grocery shopping, taking monthly trips to the casinos and spending time with
friends. When Nancy
began experiencing difficulty breathing, paramedics were called and found her
unresponsive. She was intubated in the field and rushed to a short-term acute
Nancy was not only battling
exacerbation of COPD, but also cardiac and infection related issues. She was
extubated and trialed Bipap to avoid prolonged mechanical ventilation. Despite
all efforts, Nancy
was eventually extubated and reintubated three times before a tracheostomy was
placed. After failing several weaning attempts, the decision was made to
transfer her to Kindred Hospital Arizona – Phoenix for continued care and
May 26 Nancy was admitted to Kindred Hospital.
The respiratory team began daily weaning trials on the ventilator, and 28 days
later Nancy was
successfully weaned from mechanical ventilation.
rehabilitation team began a treatment plan of physical, speech and occupational
therapies and Nancy
progressed from being a total assist to modified independence in self-care and
bed mobility. She regained her ability to sit upright and communicate via her
upper airway and advanced from being able to eat nothing by mouth to a pureed
diet with thin liquid.
Kindred interdisciplinary team continued to work closely with Nancy to accomplish their goals of
decannulation, diet advancement and conditioning. After 30 days at Kindred Hospital,
Nancy was no
longer required high intensity medical care and was discharged to a skilled
nursing center for continued physical therapy.
discharge, Nancy was happy with what she had achieved
at Kindred Hospital Arizona – Phoenix and thanked the staff for
their hard work in helping her to reach her goal of enjoying life again.
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