HOSPITAL IN THE HOME (HITH) IS EXACTLY AS IT SOUNDS. HOSPITAL LEVEL CARE PROVIDED TO YOU IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.
Vitalis are experts in HITH. As part of our integrated care solution, we make all arrangements for your transition from hospital to home. This means that you can be discharged from hospital earlier, or can possibly avoid hospital completely, receiving expert clinical care at home. Find out if you qualify.
Recovering at home has significant proven benefits*:
Patients recover faster — the average duration of treatment is generally shorter.
Patients have fewer complications — such as cross-infection.
Patients have a lower chance of developing delirium — as they are in familiar surroundings.
Primary carers receive more support — reducing carer burden and improving wellbeing.
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY PEACE OF MIND, KNOWING YOUR CARE IS BEING OVERSEEN BY A SPECIALIST CLINICAL TEAM AT HOME.
*Generally people prefer to stay in the comfort and privacy of their own home and substantial evidence supports the fact that with appropriate clinical care, patients recover better at home than in hospital. Compared with in-hospital care, evidence shows that HITH patients experience:
A 19% reduction in mortality.
A 23% reduction in readmission to hospital.
Reduced rates of confusion and delirium.
High patient and carer satisfaction with no increase in carer burden.
*In an extensive meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials comparing HITH with in-hospital care, it was unequivocally demonstrated that HITH is the safer and more efficient option. The study showed patients receiving HITH experienced a 19% reduction in mortality, a 23% reduction in readmission to hospital, and high patient and carer satisfaction compared with in-hospital care. Costs were also significantly lower: Caplan et al, ‘A Meta-Analysis of ‘Hospital in the Home’, Medical Journal of Australia 197(9): 512-9, 2012; see also: Deloitte Access Economics, ‘Economic Analysis of HITH’, 2011.
Some common medical conditions that can be effectively managed at home include:
Intravenous antibiotics for treatment of cellulitis, community acquired pneumonia, COPD, urinary tract and other common infections. Vitalis nurses can cannulate, or patients can be discharged with a PICC line in-situ.
VAC dressings and other complex wound management. Vitalis nursing staff include wound consultants who can manage highly complex wounds, including debridement.
Post-operative drain care.
Stoma care provided by Vitalis’ accredited stomal therapist.
IV therapies including for DVTs, pulmonary embolisms and multiple sclerosis.
Blood collection for pathology.
Catheter care including routine changes of suprapubic catheters (SPCs) and indwelling catheters (IDCs).
Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) management.
Vitalis Hospital in the Home services are provided wherever you live: in your own home, in an assisted living facility, or in a residential care facility. Clinical services are delivered by our highly skilled team of HITH Registered Nurses, under the direction of your treating doctor. This way you can be sure of the quality control of your clinical outcomes.
Vitalis is accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) to provide acute clinical services in the home. We work with many private health insurers to provide this service to patients in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, generally with no out-of-pocket expenses to you.