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Inpatient Lymphedema Care at Siskin Hospital
By John Jordi
INPATIENT CARE AT SISKIN HOSPITAL
The Lymph Notes team noticed an increase in the number of inquiries about inpatient treatment for lymphedema. One part of the problem is locating an appropriate facility, and another important issue is knowing whether the facility actually provides the specialized program to meet your lymphedema needs.
Our thanks to John Jordi of Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation ofChattanooga, TN for providing information about their program.
WHO IS ELIBIBLE FOR ADMISSION AND HOW LONG DO THEY STAY?
Admission to this program is limited to adult stage III lymphedema patients and requires a written order from the patient’s physician. Usually these patients are experiencing an alarming degree of swelling in one, some, or all limbs, plus extreme weight gain. Often this condition has robbed these patients of their mobility so that they are unable to care for themselves. In addition, other serious medical conditions may be present.
Once admitted, most patients spend approximately 4 weeks receiving intensive services aimed at reducing swelling and restoring function.
WHO IS ON THE SISKIN TREATMENT TEAM?
At Siskin Hospital, treatment of inpatient lymphedema patients is provided by Certified lymphedema therapists (CLTs). This treatment is based on the components of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and includes the following components of care:
In addition to these treatments, the interdisciplinary approach of the inpatient program offers the advantage of in-house consultations for:
As needed, treatment is provided by rehab physicians, wound care specialists, and case managers who work to evaluate and assist the patients with care management.
TREATMENT AND COMPONENTS OF CARE INCLUDE:
The goals of the program are specific to each patient. Most often these goals are aimed at restoring, enhancing, and supporting the patient's maximum level of independence.
The following is a sample of what an inpatient may expect:
IN CONCLUSION The ultimate goal is for the patient to continue self-care, or to work with a caregiver at home, so that the progress made as an inpatient can be maintained in their home setting.
Our thanks to John Jordi, BS, PTA, CLT-LANA, program coordinator for providing this information about the Siskin program.
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