Utilizing Multi-Center Rehabilitation and State-of-the Art Technology to Improve Mobility and Swallowing After COVID-19 with Respiratory Failure

This 70-year-old gentleman was hospitalized for several months due to COVID-19 with acute respiratory failure and pneumonia. During hospitalization, a tracheostomy (tube inserted into the trachea for breathing) was performed and a ventilator was used. He developed difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and a feeding tube was also placed. Prior to his hospitalization, he lived at home with his wife, was independent with all mobility, and ate a regular diet.

This gentleman was referred to Bland Nursing & Rehab (BNR) for therapy services as he had severe debility and was bed bound. He made great advancements there, including improved strength, being weaned off the ventilator, and transitioning to a modified diet with occasional supplementation from the feeding tube. As a result of his progress, he elected to transfer to Mulberry Creek Nursing & Rehab (MCNR) where he was confident his excellent care would continue, and he would be closer to his family for added support.

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy: (5x/week x 7 months)

OmniVersa® Ultrasound/Electrotherapy and OmniSWD® Shortwave Diathermy (BNR)

  • Interferential current electrical stimulation and thermal diathermy to the left knee for pain relief

OmniCycle® Elite Therapeutic Exercise (BNR & MCNR)

  • Upper and lower extremity cycling neuro mode to promote improved endurance and strength

OmniFlow® Breathing Therapy Biofeedback (MCNR)

  • Deep inhalation – Diamond Mine
  • Rhythmical breathing – Starry Road

Additional Interventions (BNR & MCNR)

  • Dysphagia education, transfer & gait training, balance re-education, therapeutic exercise, and self-care management

OmniVersa® Ultrasound/
Electrotherapy System

OmniSWD® Shortwave
Diathermy System

OmniCycle® Elite
Motorized Therapeutic
Exercise System

OmniFlow® Breathing
Therapy Biofeedback

This gentleman is proud of his progress and credits the two therapy teams who were patient, kind, and encouraged him daily. They collaborated and used state-of-the-art technology as an integral part of his care. He has now returned home with his wife and grandchildren.

“I enjoyed all the machines. As long as they were making me stronger, I was willing to try anything.”

Andreé Akst, PT, MPT, CEEAA, NASM-CES, Clinical Services Content Specialist
Manda Hobbs, MSPT, CWS, Clinical Program Consultant

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