Leaving the hospital and restoring oneself into normal life requires meticulous effort and a lot of willpower. When a patient moves out of a hospital setting and is in medical rehab, he/she has specific nursing needs. Any support and encouragement given to the patient at this stage shall positively impact on their quick recovery. Keeping this in mind, we bring you our nursing care services in Hyderabad renowned for results.
For patients on a tracheostomy tube, or on Ryles tube or PEG tube feeding, or with a Foley’s catheter, or any other wounds/incisions, nursing care is a critical care for early recovery and to minimize the risk of infection.
Our specialized 24/7 skilled nursing care facilities provide a high level of care after a patient moves out of a hospital setting. We provide the highest level of care and our well-trained and certified nurses will:
- Measure vitals on a regular basis
- Administer medication as prescribed by doctors
- Provide bowel & bladder care
- Tracheostomy care
- Assist with feeding, bathing & dressing
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Skilled nursing care is the back-bone of quality inpatient rehabilitation care. Specially when it comes to tracheostomy care, feeding tube care, wound care, catheter care, Skilled nursing is a must to ensure effective recovery.
Taking an example of tracheostomy care, let us review critical role of skilled nursing care in effective outcomes of inpatient rehabilitation care.
Why Skilled Nursing Care is Crucial for Tracheostomy?
Every medical institution is founded on the quality of care and compassion provided by its nurses. The role of nursing is equally important for all those who are in need of medical aid. However, to people who need intense and long-term clinical support, skilled nursing care is a top priority. Skilled nursing care refers to the high level of medical care offered by licensed nurses and trained therapists for short term rehabilitation or managing chronic medical conditions. Tracheostomy care management is one the most complicated and committed types of skilled nursing care that should be administered safely and competently. Ineffective handling of the tracheostomy tube can lead to several complications including infection, impaired ventilation, airway obstruction and mortality.
Tracheostomy refers to a surgical procedure to make an incision on the anterior aspect of the trachea (windpipe) to open a direct airway bypassing the nose and mouth for breathing. Tracheostomy is usually performed on patients whose breathing need reconstruction following surgery or long-term ventilator support, airway protection following accident or for breathing difficulty caused by respiratory disorders.
Depending on the condition of a patient, he/she may need short term, long term or permanent tracheostomy support. Due to the alarming number of complications and infections reported due to improper tracheostomy care, in all cases specialized support should be called for.
Complications of Improper Tracheostomy Care
Airway obstruction is one of the most serious complications that could arise from trbracacheostomy leading to cardiac arrest. Skilled nurses will be able to detect partial or total airway obstruction through constant monitoring of vitals. They will be equipped with suction apparatus and functional oxygen to secure an airway in case of a medical emergency.
Some other complications include constipation, inability to talk, altered body image, dysphagia, tissue damage and ulceration.
Key Areas of Tracheostomy Care
Specialized nursing care must be offered to patients following tracheostomy to prevent and effectively handle any complications. Listed below are some key aspects of tracheostomy care,
- The integrity of the skin around the stoma (the hole near the neck through which the tracheostomy tube is passed through) should be maintained to prevent infection.
- The tracheostomy tube should be changed daily or as it gets soiled. The outer tracheostomy tube can be changed weekly or monthly.
- Instead of following a set schedule, a skilled nurse will perform suctioning as per patient’s needs by closely assessing signs that suggest the necessity.
- A majority of patients with tracheostomy find it hard to speak. Experienced nurses will be able to overcome this challenge through a variety of communication strategies that will attempt to ease the anxieties of the patient. There is often speech-swallow therapist to manage speech and swallow issues.
The skilled nursing team at SuVitas follows a specialized multidisciplinary protocol to facilitate optimum tracheostomy nursing care. Talk to our team for detailed information.