Patient’s Age: 89-years-old
Date of Admission: 08/02/18
Admitted From: Vanderbilt University Hospital
Discharge Date: 05/08/19
Discharge To: Home
Reason for stay: Acute and Chronic Respiratory Failure

Details of experience:
Mildred Blount is an 89-year-old female who admitted to Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on August 2, 2018, with a diagnosis of acute and chronic Respiratory Failure. Prior to admission, she was deemed vent dependent due to recurrent pneumonia and severe muscular weakness Due to her diagnosis, she had undergone bedside surgery, receiving a feeding tube and tracheostomy. On October 3, 2018, shortly following her admission to Trevecca, she began weaning from the ventilator. By January 19, 2019, she was successfully weaned from the vent and performing trach collar trials. Less than a month later; on February 17, 2019, she was successfully decannulated!

However, that victory was short-lived, due to her recurrent pneumonia, and having to be retracted. Although she was discouraged, she never gave up hope. Immediately following her episode with pneumonia, Mrs. Blount was determined to wean from the vent again. She started vent weaning again on March 18, 2019, and was successfully weaned from the ventilator a second time! On April 20, 2019, Mrs. Blount suffered a third battle with pneumonia and had to be once again placed back on the ventilator. On May 8, 2019, she restarted trach collar trials and was successfully decannulated on May 27th. Mrs. Blount was able to overcome one of her biggest obstacles and go home to her family on May 31, 2019!