Harold Washington had a previous history of stroke and was in the hospital for IV antibiotics and wound care when he developed acute respiratory failure. The 68-year-old required a ventilator to help him breathe and ended up with a tracheostomy. His wounds even became worse. Harold needed more intense care for a longer period of time so he was transferred to Vibra Hospital of Northwestern Indiana.
Upon arrival at Vibra, Harold was on a ventilator; he was unable to stand and had a feeding (PEG) tube in place to assist with eating. Our entire team worked with him over a period of weeks. During that time, our team of pulmonologists and respiratory therapists were able to get Harold breathing on his own and off the ventilator. We were even able to get his tracheostomy removed. Our wound care team, consisting of a general surgeon and certified wound nurse were able to manage his wounds and help them heal.
With the help of our speech therapists, Harold was able to speak again. He was unable to eat and relied on tube feedings. Speech therapy worked with him to regain his swallowing ability. Our physical therapists assisted him with regaining his strength and endurance. Harold worked hard in our therapy gym; upon discharge, he was walking with minimal assistance.
Harold Washington was able to overcome his challenges and get back to better with the assistance of our care team! We wish Mr. Washington the very best in his future!Posted By