Lincoln, Neb. ̶ Among a select group of facilities world-wide, Madonna was recognized and named a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence. Through the Centers of Excellence Program, Passy-Muir, Inc. recognizes health care facilities that have demonstrated outstanding work in the use of their valve. The Passy-Muir® Valve helps patients who have had tracheotomies or are ventilator dependent become more independent thus enhancing their quality of life.
The Passy-Muir® Valve is a medical device invented by a patient named David A. Muir in 1985 that provides tracheostomized and mechanically ventilated patients the ability to speak. Because the Passy-Muir® Valve improves the swallowing ability, various pulmonary functions and assists patients with weaning from a ventilator, it decrease recovery time, reduces hospital costs and enhances the quality of life for patients.
“The number of patients requiring prolonged acute mechanical ventilation is steadily increasing, as are the health costs associated with care for these patients. Early use of the Passy-Muir® Valve, which is a standard of care at Madonna, has shown to have a significant clinical and cost savings benefit, including improved patient outcomes, improved quality of life, expedited weaning and infection control,” stated Rebecca Wills, BA, LRCP, CRT-NPS and Pulmonary Program Manager.
With implementation of the Passy-Muir Valve as a standard of care, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital has seen 60 percent of patients who used ventilators were successfully weaned from them in an average of 12 days in 2014. This exceeded the standard wean rate of greater than 50 percent in fewer than 20 days.
While the Passy-Muir® Valve is commonly used in facilities around the country, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital was the first of 12 hospitals to be recognized for meeting the high standards which facilitates early and successful use of the valve. The keys to success include the development of a multi-disciplinary team approach to caring for patients and advanced education and skills training in use of the technology.