Specialty Services VH Charleston

Specialty Services

LTAC Services

Long Term Acute Care hospitals have established themselves by identifying and serving a medically complex population, filling an important role in the continuum of care. We provide an acute level of care and services to patients requiring a long hospitalization with a focus on rehabilitating the patient back to their prior level of care. LTACs address the needs of a small, but growing, patient population who are too sick to be in a Skilled Nursing Facility or Sub-Acute. The average length of stay for a patient in a LTAC is 25 days. Depending upon the severity of illness and the progress of the patient there are those who stay for a shorter period of time and those who stay for a longer period of time. The patient population in an LTAC is thought to represent two to three percent of the total patient population, and can represent as much as 40 percent of the critical care dollars spent by acute care hospitals.

Helping a Long Term Acute Care patient is often a long and challenging road. But there is compassionate and effective help along the way at Vibra Hospital of Charleston.

Respiratory Care

At Vibra Hospital of Charleston, our comprehensive pulmonary program addresses the specific needs of patients with acute pulmonary problems. Our inter-disciplinary care team evaluates patients to create and implement individualized care plans that offer a comprehensive approach to pulmonary and critical care. This team is guided by a board certified pulmonologist.

All of Vibra Hospital of Charleston’s Respiratory Therapists are highly trained and on site 24 hours a day/7 days a week. They are kept up to date on the latest technology and interventions to assist our patients in weaning off the ventilator quicker. The national average in weaning patients off the ventilator in an LTAC setting is 50-55%. Vibra’s most recent statistics reveal that we are weaning patients at an average of 80%.

Typical diagnoses included in our respiratory program include, but are not limited to:

    Respiratory failure
    Pulmonary embolus
    Pneumonia
    ARDS
    COPD
    Multi-organ system failure
    Neuromuscular disorders
    Pulmonary Trauma

Treatment modalities and services include:

    Ventilator management and weaning
    Oxygen management including high flow
    BiPAP/CPAP
    Passy-Muir valve management
    Tracheostomy/Airway care and decannulation
    Beside & remote continuous pulse oximetry monitoring

Wound Care

Vibra Hospital of Charleston offers an advanced program for patients with poorly healing or non-healing wounds. We understand that wounds follow a healing progression, yet need an individualized plan of care to help facilitate that healing. Wound care is provided 7 days a week under the management of certified wound nurses and a general/vascular surgeon. Upon assessment of the wound, the best treatment modalities will be recommended. This may also include pressure reducing mattresses or beds. Measurements and pictures are taken weekly to track the wounds progress. The wound care team utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to wound care management that includes the expertise of our Primary Care Physicians, Registered Dietician, Physical Therapy staff, Occupational Therapy staff, Speech Therapist, and Nursing services. Our outcomes-focused program follows recognized standards of care that are research based, and have achieved excellent healing rates for surgical, vascular, diabetic and pressure related wounds. We offer multiple modalities to help facilitate the healing process including negative pressure therapy, along with our practices of advanced wound healing.

Diagnosis:

    Diabetic wounds
    Arterial & venous stasis ulcers
    Circulatory problems
    Compromised skin grafts
    Infected wounds
    Complex wounds from reconstructive surgery
    Post-surgical wounds/drains
    Skin flaps
    Dehisced wounds

Treatment:

    Vacuum-assisted closure
    Wound evaluation & debridement
    Fistula management
    Complicated dressings
    Vascular diagnostics & evaluation
    Ostomy care management
    Nutrition management
    Pain management