[An experimental weekly visit of the ward at Higashi Yamato Hospital--a holistic cooperation].Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2006 Dec; 33 Suppl 2:332-4.GT
The city of Higashi Yamato is located in the northern part of Tama, Suburbs of Tokyo, and the population of Higashi Yamato is approximately 80,000. The Higashi Yamato visiting nursing station was opened in April 1998. As of April 2006, we have over 100 patients, and the aggregate visiting nursing services have provided more than 600 cases. Our station's uniqueness is that forty percent of the patients have malignant neurological disorders and are terminal stage patients, and that they are all covered by medical care insurance. We also provide nursing services to patients who are expected to be dying peacefully at home averaging 4 patients per month. Higashi Yamato Hospital, attached to the visiting nursing station, is an acute phase hospital and has 274 beds. The average hospital stay for our patients was 13 days in 2005. We promote an early discharge from the hospital for patients who have a high need of medical and nursing care and for the patients who are at the terminal stage. However, there were many cases where visiting nursing care services were provided because of a local care manager's request rather than a visiting nursing care need for patients who will be discharged soon from the hospital and for those expecting to have the service. In reality, we have observed a family being felt that his or her patient was pushed out from the hospital, a family who has no confidence in taking a nursing task at home, and a family who could not cope with the patient's changing condition. Therefore, we wanted resolve these observed problems urgently to create close cooperation with the hospital in order to provide continued nursing care after a patient is discharged from the hospital and to have home medical care safely. As a result, we planned a visit to the ward on a weekly basis starting on February 2006. We report here because we had a good result.