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At HealthBridge St. Louis, our designated Complex Care Unit specializes in serving patients with medical complexities and severe functional limita-tions, such as those resulting from neurotrauma. These types of conditions require an extensive network of specialized services, equipment and a highly-skilled interdisciplinary medical team. Because these patients need intensive medical care and monitoring, we offer 24/7 care, a very high nurse-to-patient ratio, and high-intensity rehabili-tation in our state-of-the-art gym.

Our Complex Care Unit Medical Team

Within our Complex Care Unit, our team of specialists includes the Medical Director, Physiatrist, Pulmonologist, Neuro-psychologist, and a Nurse Practitioner Unit Director.

Our Complex Care Unit Therapy Team

A medically complex patient requires a broad spectrum of specialized therapies, all of which are offered within the HealthBridge St. Louis Complex Care Unit. These include:

Respiratory Therapy

  • Ventilator care and liberation
  • High frequency ventilation for secretion management
  • Airway management/tracheostomy care and speaking valve replacement
  • Trach decannulation
  • 24-hour respiratory care
  • Heated high flow oxygen therapy
  • Complex bi-level ventilation
  • Family and caregiver training

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps injured or ill people improve movement through individualized assessment, diagnosis and treatment, utilizing:

Complex Care Unit

  • Scar and edema management techniques
  • ower extremity strengthening
  • Pain management protocols
  • Heat and cryotherapy
  • Gait and vestibular retraining techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Joint mobilization
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Work conditioning

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides the necessary training and tools to assist patients in regaining control for everyday life, including:

  • Motor coordination
  • Upper extremity strengthening
  • Activities of daily living (dressing, mobility, transferring and eating)
  • Cognition retraining and sensory integration
  • Visual-perceptual deficits and low vision
  • Wheelchair seating and mobility training
  • Assessment for assistive devices and durable medical equipment
  • Splinting/orthosis management

Speech-Language Pathology

A speech-language pathologist works with patients having difficulty speaking, understanding, reading, writing and swallowing, as well as those with cognitive deficits. Patients may require:

  • Swallowing evaluation, management and retraining
  • Instrumental exam of swallow function (FEES/MBSS)
  • Vital Stim/E-Stim for swallowing
  • Speech and language evaluation and treatment
  • Auditory processing retraining
  • Cognitive skills retraining to enhance memory, problem solving and attention
  • Melodic intonation therapy
  • Aphasia therapy
  • Voice therapy
  • Speaking valve management
  • Augmentative and alternative communication assessment and training

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