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Gaylord Launches ‘Destination Vent,’ an Online Video Series for Vent-Dependent Patients

Monday, Dec 30, 2019

Published on December 23, 2019 Gaylord Specialty Healthcare announces the launch of the video series, Destination Vent: Home Ventilator Education Series on YouTube and on its website. The video series was the concept of Gaylord Pulmonologist Dr Brett Gerstenhaber after an exhaustive search for educational materials for families wishing to bring home a loved one who is unable to be weaned from a ventilator yielded disappointingly few results. Throughout the three-video original series, Gaylord Specialty Healthcare pulmonology experts provide a candid, in-depth look at what patients and their families can expect as they transition to life at home on a ventilator. “As you can imagine, the decision to care for someone on a vent at home is a difficult one,” Gerstenhaber states, in a media release. “The process itself is an act of love,” he continues. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week commitment and an emotionally taxing and resource-intensive journey that requires extensive preparation.” “We felt that there was a vital need to present information in an easy-to-understand manner so patients and families can make fully informed decisions and have realistic expectations of the journey to come.” The first video in the Destination Vent series provides an overview of the vent-weaning process and the critical decisions that must be made when a patient is unable to be weaned. The second video includes an overview of the required training and home preparations necessary to enable the vent-dependent patient to go home. The final video reviews the caregiver training and home-preparation process, and provides a realistic snapshot of day-to-day life for both caregiver and patient. End-of-life care considerations are also discussed. The Destination Vent series videos were funded via a grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA), per the release. [Source: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare]

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