Establishing Critical Care Nursing Services (ICU) at Home
It is extremely ill or injured elders who need Critical care nursing services. Depending on the condition, the doctors decide whether the patient needs critical care services or not. It can be a stroke, cardiac arrest, cancer, or some neurology condition. And if the elder does need these services, the doctors check if they can be available at the elder’s home.
At-home critical care services are usually the choice after the patient has received some intensive care at the ICU in the hospital. But further staying in the hospital can be problematic for the elder. Sometimes there are financial issues. Other times it is stress issues or even infections at the hospital that may need the elder's treatment to happen at their home.
For instance, cancer may cause an elder to say in the intensive care unit for 2 to 3 years straight. That is a huge time period, which also keeps the elder away from their family. So, critical care at home is the best option for them.
Don’t worry! Emoha has a completely advanced team of attendants, nurses, physiotherapists, and doctors of many domains. This helps to make sure the elder is completely out of danger when getting critical care nursing at home.
Wondering how Emoha ensures the supreme quality of critical medical care at home? Read on the following features of the critical care services we provide at home.
Features and Principles of Critical Care Nursing at Home for Elderly
Critical care at home is one of Emoha’s specialties. We know the elders deserve the best of treatment, and at home, the speed of recovery is one notch above. So, we take care of the following critical care nursing features and principles and promise your elders a super fast and healthy recovery.
Early Detection and Prompt Action - With Competitive Nurses
We make sure to give complete and remarkable training to our nurses so that they can monitor the patient well. What differentiates the best of nurses is their ability to raise an alarm before the end moment of the emergency arrives for the patient. This nurse is capable of being compassionate, and also obedient to follow all protocols. That’s how the nurses at Emoha are.
Nurses get the training to monitor the elder’s condition diligently and activate the emergency support system well in time. So, they never let a situation like this arise - when the patient becomes critical enough to lose breath.
These nurses keep in touch with the doctors at all times. They keep sharing the data of temperature, ECG, oxygen saturation, pulse, blood pressure, heart rate, etc. Their job also includes regular care services like helping the elder to eat and bathe.
Expertise - With a Multidisciplinary Team of Specialists
Remember the times when our grandparents and their parents used to have family doctors? Unfortunately, that is not the case in our generation. People think it to be useless because one doctor cannot be the best in every medical domain. And so, the family doctor ritual ended. What people don't realize is that the family doctor was adept with all the medical information of the family. He knew which family member had diabetes, which had high blood pressure, or migraine.
If a member of the family starts showing some symptoms like cough, a regular doctor might mistake it to be a seasonal cough and provide medication. Possibly the cough was due to a serious respiratory issue inherited from a grandfather. Only the family doctor may know about the diseases that run in a patient's family.
Also, the medications may create problems for the patient's weak kidney. And the regular doctor might not know about the kidney problems the patient might have. This may lead to complications. These are the reasons why the diagnosis and then the treatment becomes late, and the patient's case worsens. Emoha solves this problem by providing elders a multidisciplinary team who work together to tackle the patient's condition.
So, a neurology doctor is not the only expert to diagnose a patient with a neurological disease. A cardiologist, a pulmonologist, and a physiotherapist will also serve this elder. The team may even need a pathologist, a radiotherapist, or some other specialized doctor according to the condition of the elder.
This team of super-specialists speeds up the process of recovery overall. They do this by helping to avoid any complications that may occur otherwise.
Proper Monitoring and Communication - With the Telemonitoring Device
One of Emoha’s unique facilities is the telemonitoring equipment. All elders who have to receive critical care at home always have a telemonitoring device with them. This device tracks the essential parameters and keeps the nurse always informed.
A back end support team is also engaged in keeping a tab on this data 24 hours all seven days. So, if any medical parameter goes out of control, say, the heart rate becomes too low or too high, then the back end support team takes action. They call the nurse and the assigned doctors and at rare times, the ambulance as well.
These doctors, too, have access to all the parameters thanks to the telemonitoring device. This facility saves a lot of patients from getting into a situation of emergency, as it helps the nurses and doctors understand well in advance how wrong the condition can go. This way, the nurses get the time to shift the elder to the hospital and provide him the highest quality treatment.
Prevention of Infections
Many times elders are not kept in the ICU at the hospital because of the fear of infection. Especially in times like when there is a COVID-19 pandemic in the world. When the hospitals are full of patients hit by the virus, it is dangerous for elders in critical conditions to stay there.
Since they already have weaker organs due to their age and are ill, their condition is likely to get worse. That’s why critical care at home is essential. And we provide that by installing all necessary equipment at the home of the elder.
The equipment helps in BIPAP support, ventilator support, and includes all the devices the nurse may need. We assign a doctor to the elder, along with the multidisciplinary team. This doctor is responsible for visiting the elder regularly for a check-up.
Plus, sample collection, X-rays, etc. happen at the elder’s home itself. In some cases, like for dialysis, we may require the patient in the hospital. The nurses have the responsibility of keeping the elder safe in the hospital in such conditions.
Nursing care at home has a cost advantage due to which many families insist doctors monitor their elders at home itself. At home, there is no need for paying for the hospital bed or the hospital food. So, the overall treatment cost reduces down by about 30%.
Also, a regular teleconferencing with a multidisciplinary team of doctors costs less than Rs. 10,000 at Emoha. But if you want to consult the best of doctors separately, it can cost much more.
To add to that, care at home reduces the cost the elder’s family has to endure when staying in the hospital for the support of their elder. From the icu set up at home cost to that of nursing, Emoha makes it all affordable for you.
Stress Reduction - Because Elders Are at Peace at Home.
Most elders like to be treated at home instead of in hospitals because medical institutions often have a dull vibe to them. It makes them feel more ill than they actually are. And the negative mindset becomes an obstacle when aiming for a speedy recovery.
Elders feel better when they are in a comfortable environment (their home) and have their family at the side. They also get to consume high energy homemade food. Plus, the patient knows at home critical care costs less. So that takes some stress off their shoulders, which otherwise interferes with the recovery.
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Critical Care Nursing FAQs
A stroke, sepsis, respiratory failure, pneumonia, heart attack, multiple organ failure, kidney failure, malnutrition, excessive blessing, a car accident, fall, burns, etc., may need critical care.
The right time is when the elder is somewhat out of danger. It should be enough that a nurse and physiotherapist can handle the patient. Thankfully, that is possible. So, if the patient may need only intravenous infusions, tracheostomy care, seizure management, BIPAP ventilation, and similar care procedures, the nurses can handle it at home.
Yes, critical care at home is highly reliable if the equipment and the nurse handling the elder are competitive enough. But, that’s a promise Emoha makes. We make sure your elder’s health is taken care of by high-quality equipment and well-trained nurses as part of our ICU at home services. For the few procedures that cannot happen at home, the nurses know how to proceed and are capable of shifting the patient to the hospital safely. A physiotherapist accompanies the nurse wherever necessary.
Telemonitoring is the way the experts monitor a patient's medical parameters. These parameters include blood pressure, heart rate, ECG, oxygen saturation, temperature, and pulse. There is telemonitoring equipment attached to the patient for effective ICU home care. The nurse, the doctors, and the back-end team at Emoha, all keep a close look at these parameters. And in case any of these seem to go out of control, the nurse and doctors take immediate action. Sometimes this action can be to shift the elder to the hospital for a while.
Emoha brings you facilities in elder care that not many other companies do. Your loved one gets the benefits of our telemonitoring system, the emergency support system, and fully-trained nurses. That too, with the multidisciplinary team of specialists available at very affordable rates. ICU at home in India is now no big deal.
Currently, ICU at home services are available in locations around Delhi-NCR i.e., Gurgaon, Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, and Faridabad. For elders in the other states, we provide virtual support and coordination.