Melvin, 74, stayed active doing chores like home
repairs, mowing the lawn and grocery shopping. To his wife, he was a “rock.”
After experiencing shortness of breath, Melvin was
admitted to a short-term acute care hospital and diagnosed with
community-acquired pneumonia which progressed into both lungs. Complications
set in and Melvin required intubation with ventilator support, eventually
needing a tracheostomy and a PEG tube for nutritional support. Efforts were
made to wean Melvin from the ventilator as he recovered, but they failed. A
pneumothorax developed and a chest tube was placed. Atrial fibrillation, a
cardiac condition, worsened the situation.
Melvin’s pulmonologist and cardiologist recommended transferring
him to Kindred Hospital Dallas where he could receive a specialized treatment
plan unique to his multiple medical needs in an acute care setting for an extended
The Kindred interdisciplinary team of physicians, specialists,
nurses, therapists and nutritionists put together an aggressive treatment plan
to handle Melvin’s urgent needs.
In the Intensive Care Unit, advanced weaning protocols
were implemented along with telemetry, nutritional support and multi-specialty
Within 14 days, Melvin was able to breathe on his own.
He was decannulated and able to speak to his wife and staff.
Physical and occupational therapists worked daily to
help strengthen his upper body and regain his mobility, allowing him to
transfer out of bed to a bedside chair.
As time and healing progressed, Melvin’s lungs
returned to full function and the chest tube was removed. His heartbeat
stabilized and it was decided that Melvin could continue his recovery at a
nearby rehab facility.
Melvin’s goal is to get back to life. When asked what kept
him going throughout his hospitalization, he replied, “Kindred’s medical staff!
They took such good care of me. They kept me going!”
Discharging from Kindred Hospital Dallas after 28
days, Melvin wants everyone to know who the real “rock” is… his wife.
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