Improved health care and sophisticated medical technology have improved the outcome for many people who suffer a critical illness. One group of people who have benefited are ventilator-dependent individuals (VDIs), as evidenced by the increased number of children and adults requiring long-term mechanical ventilation. Significant changes in this nation’s health care reimbursement structure have made a substantial negative impact on the availability of traditional long-term care options for these patients. In response, a new health care environment has emerged. Now available are specialty hospitals providing general hospital services, which allow for long-term acute care intervention. The Vencor Corporation has successfully established this innovative care environment in a cost-effective manner. There are currently nine Vencor hospitals specializing in providing long-term acute care to VDIs and other catastrophically ill patients
Respiratory Care in Adults| August 01 1990
The Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: A New Option for Ventilator-Dependent Individuals
Jennifer A. Lundberg, RN, MSN;
From the Department of Clinical Services, Vencor Hospital South Texas, San Antonio, Texas, and the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing, San Antonio, Texas.
Reprint requests to Jennifer A. Lundberg, RN, MSN, Department of Clinical Services, Vencor Hospital South Texas, 2730 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78230.
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Mary Lou Noll, RN, PhD, CCRN
AACN Adv Crit Care (1990) 1 (2): 280–288.
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Jennifer A. Lundberg, Mary Lou Noll; The Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: A New Option for Ventilator-Dependent Individuals. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 1990; 1 (2): 280–288. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1990-2006
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