Mr. Cesar Mata is a 69-year-old, retired labor worker and father of six who lives in the Laredo community. Mr. Mata was recently taken to a local acute care facility complaining of shortness of breath and lower leg swelling. Upon arrival at the emergency department, he required emergent intervention. Mr. Mata was also connected to a life support machine that would help him breathe. Physicians diagnosed Mr. Mata with respiratory failure and pneumonia.
From the acute care facility, Mr. Mata admitted to Laredo Specialty Hospital’s respiratory failure program for ventilator weaning. When he arrived, Mr. Mata still could not breathe on his own, speak, eat or walk. He couldn’t do anything for himself and required extensive intervention to achieve basic needs. The road to recovery looked long and difficult. With the continued support of his family, the LSH interdisciplinary team felt confident they could successfully wean him from the ventilator.
Respiratory technicians and the pulmonologist began working with Mr. Mata. While in the hospital, Mr. Mata began an intensive therapy program. The program consisted of physical, speech and occupational therapies. Therapists worked with him daily to build up his strength. Intensive rehabilitation exercises helped Mr. Mata return to his prior level of independence and function. Within two weeks, Mr. Mata could walk with the help of a walker and began eating food by mouth.
LSH staff promoted a healing environment that was able to respond to Mr. Mata’s medical, physical, psychological and social needs. Nurses administered his medications and monitored him around-the-clock to ensure effective disease and pain management. Mr. Mata and his family’s educational needs were of the utmost importance. The nurses made sure to provide disease-specific education. A dietician followed his progress and tailored his diet to his particular nutritional needs. A pharmacist reviewed his medications and provided additional oversight to ensure effective medication management. Case managers worked with Mr. Mata and his family from the time of admission through discharge to facilitate a smooth transition from hospital care to home care.
As a result of Mr. Mata’s dedication and hard work, and with the specialized help of the entire interdisciplinary team at Laredo Specialty Hospital, he made an extraordinary recovery. After 23 days of hospitalization, Mr. Mata could independently and successfully breathe, walk and participate in all activities of daily living.
The staff at LSH are privileged and honored to have shared in his recovery. We are extremely proud of the progress he achieved!