On June 28, Peter, an avid motorcyclist, was struck by
an automobile. He was transported to the trauma unit at a short-term acute care
hospital, where he was admitted with a traumatic brain injury and subarachnoid
hemorrhage. He required intubation and ventilator assistance. He also suffered
multiple fractures to his cervical vertebra, jaw, right clavicle and left
During Peter’s stay at the short-term acute care
hospital he developed a deep vein thrombosis, the formation of blood clots in a
deep vein, which required treatment with anticoagulation medication. Peter
could not be weaned from the ventilator, so the doctors performed a tracheostomy.
In addition to the tracheostomy a gastric tube was placed to supply nutrients.
On August 7, Peter was transferred to Kindred Hospital
Los Angeles for continued care and weaning from the ventilator.
At Kindred Hospital Los Angeles, our respiratory department
evaluated Peter’s condition and established a plan of care to wean him off the
ventilator. After a few weeks, Peter was weaned. Then his tracheostomy was
Peter worked daily with the physical therapy
department in building his upper and lower body strength. He also worked with
speech therapy and regained his ability to eat regular food. Peter’s wife and father visited daily, actively
participating in his rehabilitation and recovery.
With the care provided by Kindred Hospital’s
respiratory, rehabilitation, and nursing departments Peter was improved to the
point he was able to transfer to UCLA’s neurological rehabilitation unit for
continued rehabilitation and recovery.
On November 27, Peter returned to Kindred Hospital Los
Angeles to visit. He was able to walk with a cane and showed minimal residual
neurological deficits in his physical strength and speech abilities. Peter and
his wife were very appreciative of the care and treatment he received at
Kindred Hospital Los Angeles.
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