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Weisman Children's Patient Wants to Be a Positive Example for Others
Imagine waking up and not being able to breath. That was the very real reality for Nicolas Vicente. As a healthy 17 year old, he did not expect to wake up feeling deprived of oxygen and ending up in a hospital for a month on a ventilator. This sadly is the very really impact COVID-19 can have on someone, and it was something Nicolas was never expecting.
“It started with a fever and shortness of breath, and then one morning I woke up unable to breathe. My family took me to a hospital where I was put in the ICU unit and intubated for one month.” When Nicolas woke up, he was unable to speak, breathe, or walk easily. With Nicolas incapable of performing these skills, the decision was made for him to go somewhere that could help him improve and relearn these functions, Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital.
Telehealth Program Ensures Children Continue to Progress As They Stay At Home
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has emerged in the United States, Weisman Children’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers made the important decision to suspend all in person outpatient services starting the week of March 23, 2020. Knowing the vast need for outpatient services would still be required by patients and families in the program, Weisman Children’s team worked tirelessly to quickly switch the program to a Telehealth platform beginning March 25, 2020.
“It was very important to us to not have patients lose a lot of therapy time during this pandemic, but we also wanted to keep everyone safe and follow the recommendations of the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health. Telehealth was the obvious answer and we are very proud to be one of the first outpatient programs that began to offer these services to our families,” said Corinne Taylor-Walls, PT, DPT, Director of Outpatient Services for Weisman Children’s...
On March 20, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Health required all Medical Day Care Centers in New Jersey to close, in order to protect staff and children from the spread of COVID-19. Weisman Children’s, while in support of this decision, recognizes that many families rely on Medical Day Care for maintaining the overall health and development of their children.
To ease the concerns of the suspension in the program, the Weisman Children’s Medical Day Care team developed new services in order to maintain the care of our children and families. These new services are designed to keep everyone enrolled and engaged in the program while practicing social distancing...