Airport opened at the Altona Children's Hospital

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Airport at the Altona Children's Hospital for better care of respiratory patients

Yesterday the “air port” was officially opened at the Altona Children's Hospital (AKK). With the facility, which is unique in northern Germany, a new way of looking after children and adolescents who depend on long-term ventilation should be taken in the future.

The “air port” in Northern Germany closes a medical supply gap in the care of patients who depend on long-term ventilation due to various underlying diseases, said the managing director of the AKK, Christiane Dienhold, when the new facility opened. The AKK announced that the newly created care offer would meet the needs of both the affected patients and their families.

2,000 adolescents in Germany depend on long-term ventilation Even before the “air port” opened, more than 70 children and adolescents who were dependent on ventilation were looked after at the AKK. Your care should be significantly improved with the newly created facility, explained Dr. Benjamin Grolle, medical section manager of the “air port” and added: “The new home station should be a haven for sick children”. Around 2,000 infants, children and adolescents in Germany rely on long-term ventilation, the AKK experts explained. Cranial brain injuries, muscle and nerve diseases, infections or malignant diseases are possible causes of the long-term necessary support for breathing (long-term ventilation). Oxygen bottles, respirators and suction devices are constant companions for those affected, a normal life is hardly possible for them. In order to improve patient care at the AKK, funds from the City of Hamburg, funds from the economic stimulus package II and raised donations were used to provide the “air port” for comprehensive outpatient or inpatient therapy, short-term care as part of relief care and the permanent accommodation of long-term respiratory patients built.

New concept to improve treatment of long-term ventilation patients The airport offers a new residential ward with 12 patient rooms to care for long-term ventilation patients, six of which are intended for diagnostics and therapy measures and eight for long-term care. According to the AKK managing director, the "air port" is a unique facility in northern Germany. The closest comparable institution is in North Rhine-Westphalia, explained Christiane Dienhold. However, the “air port” has not only set itself the goal of improving patient care, but also wants to meet the demands of families and “give children and adolescents (overall) a bit more quality of life,” emphasized Christiane Dienhold, managing director of the AKK. The Hamburg Senator for Health, Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, was also convinced of the concept at the opening of the “airport”. "I think it's great that sick children can regain a piece of normal life," explains Prüfer-Storcks. The health senator emphasized the advantages of the treatment of patients close to family and friends made possible by the residential ward.

“Airport” offers holistic care for respiratory patients. The “Airport” approach is based on a more or less holistic treatment of patients, in which not only the illness is in the foreground, but the affected person as a whole should be able to live as normal as possible. The new facility also offers considerable advantages for the families of children and adolescents who are dependent on long-term ventilation and helps to remedy the logistical problems that often arise in the course of the illnesses (wheelchair transport, availability of oxygen cylinders, ventilation and suction devices). (fp)

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