Deanne had a history of congestive heart failure and
when she became short of breath and felt overwhelmingly fatigued, she was
admitted to a short-term acute care hospital. Once hospitalize, Deanne went
into acute renal failure and hemodialysis was initiated. Her physicians
recommended a transfer to Kindred Hospital Dallas, where she would have access
to specialized care.
As Deanne was being transferred to Kindred Hospital,
she went into respiratory failure. Our specialized teams, experienced in
critical care, went into action. An emergency intubation and IV diuretics were
initiated and eventually a PEG tube was placed for nutritional support.
Although her condition was guarded, the ICU staff
could see signs of improvement day by day. The therapists knew that lightening
her sedation would decrease the amount of time spent on mechanical ventilation
and also decrease the risk of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia.
Soon after her sedation was lightened, there were
signs of great improvement. Deanne regained renal function and the hemodialysis
was suspended as she remained stable throughout the remainder of the hospital
After eight weeks, Deanne was weaned from the vent.
Her tracheostomy was removed and she began tolerating a mechanical soft diet.
At the time of discharge, her physicians felt that
Deanne would benefit from transitioning to a less intense level of care at a
skilled nursing facility close to her home.
Deanne expressed her appreciation to the team at
Kindred Hospital Dallas who developed her care plan, the nursing staff who
assisted her, and for the therapists who helped her regain her strength and
kept her motivated.
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