As part of the complex and critical care we provide to our patients, our medical team is equipped to perform acute medical procedures at the bedside. Our procedures include, but are not limited to:
- Peg Tube Placement
- PICC Line Placement
- Central Line Placement
- Art Line Placement
Physical therapists evaluate a patient’s physical status and administers treatments to promote optimal health and functional mobility. These health care professionals seek to relieve pain, improve the body’s movement and function, maintain cardiopulmonary function, and limit disabilities resulting from injury or disease. Prolonged hospitalization and/or disease processes result in physical weakness that just worsens the longer a patient is bedbound. Strengthening is a primary treatment goal which then leads to sitting, standing and walking. Waiting until the lines/tubes are out to get the patient out of bed simply results in more profound weakness and worsening disease status. In addition to skin integrity, heart and lung function improves as patients are mobilized. Many patients have special precautions or need equipment to help them such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes or prostheses. Therapists also teach and train in the use of assistive devices.
A speech-language pathologist is a professional who identifies, assesses, and provides treatment for individuals with speech, language, and swallowing problems. Patients often come to us with weak or impaired swallow function due to tracheostomy, neurological conditions or prolonged hospitalization. In order to prevent aspiration, the therapist assesses each patient, then as appropriate and under the direction of the physician, performs trials with different textures and consistencies. Strengthening of oral motor muscles and teaching of compensatory strategies allow the therapist to advance the patient’s ability to safely swallow.
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapists engage patients in functional tasks such as activities of daily living (ADL) and assist them in developing the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives. After experiencing a disabling condition requiring hospitalization, patients may be unable to perform the most basic of tasks such as toileting, bathing, dressing, grooming or human interaction. “Occupation” refers to the normal things that we engage in every day which may be different for each person. These activities generally require the use of our hands as well as the mental sequencing and physical endurance to complete them. The therapist assesses these abilities and, with the patient, develops an individualized treatment plan to improve strength, coordination, balance, and endurance in reaching the highest level of independence possible.