We choose to detox our patients in a private, clean and relaxed environment at our JCAHO facility. We do not feel an anesthesia detox is safer if performed in an intensive care unit. In fact, we feel strongly the opposite. The following story tells the truth about the problems with hospitals and especially ICU’s. The ever increasing resistant bacterias found in the intensive care units of hospitals nationwide is something all patients should be concerned about. A person should not be exposed to this type of environment unless they are truly in critical or grave condition and this type of monitoring is necessary to risk the devastating health problems that could occur.
A well known Boston based surgeon recently examined the perils of managing the intensive care of hospitalized patients. He found that complications can arise in every area of an ICU. One of the most alarming among them is the risk of infection – either delivered by an IV line or from pneumonia. Hospital MRSA infection rates, among them, remain a problem and can be very serious if not deadly.
Also, during the 4 months of monitoring, 554 patient errors were detected. Of those errors, 147 of them had the potential to cause significant damage to the patient. More than any other preventable complication that caused concern for the ICU patient is the IV line infections.
On average, 4% of those lines become infected within 10 days. That contributes to 200,000 serious infections nationwide. Survival rates are as low as 72%. That means 50,000 patients or more are dying every year from infections acquired from an ICU admission.
We are the only anesthesia detox center that does not require our patients to be exposed to this type of environment. We do not accept patients that would have a medical need to be detoxed in an intensive care unit. We feel if a patient’s medical condition warrants admittance to an intensive care unit, they are not a good candidate and should not have the detox procedure.