Theresa B.

Theresa B.

Theresa, a 57-year-old female, was admitted following a hospital stay due to a motor vehicle accident. She received multiple fractures, trauma, and presented with respiratory failure requiring a tracheostomy with ventilator support. She was unable to be weaned from the ventilator at the previous facility and was transferred to Vibra Hospital of Sacramento for continued vent weaning and rehabilitation.

At the time of her admission, Theresa was on full ventilator support. She required a cervical collar at all times and had difficulty maintaining an alert state for therapies. She had a nasal gastric tube (NGT) for nutrition as she demonstrated aspiration and was unable to eat by mouth.

Under the guidance of the interdisciplinary team, Theresa made significant progress and was discharged home. She was weaned from the ventilator, her trach was removed, and she was able to breathe independently without additional oxygen. Theresa worked very hard with Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy, and upon discharge could walk 250 feet independently with a front-wheeled walker. Theresa was able to eat a regular diet by mouth and her NGT was removed. She was safely participating in activities of daily living independently, such as dressing, grooming, and bathing. Her cognitive-linguistic abilities significantly improved as well.