The Pulmonary program at Acuity Specialty Hospital is designed to help medically complex patients with acute or chronic lung disease reach their maximum potential lung function. This may include weaning from a mechanical ventilator or otherwise decreasing reliance on supplemental oxygen so that patients may return to the community. Our goal is simple: Liberation from supplemental oxygen to the maximum extent possible for each patient.
Under the personal direction of board certified pulmonary intensivists, our team balances the complex individual clinical needs of each patient with proven pulmonary protocols. Our patients are closely monitored by an interdisciplinary team which includes at minimum: Physicians from multiple specialties, experienced nursing and respiratory care staff, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, and case managers. The team works collaboratively to ensure our patients receive the highest caliber of treatment. We place a great deal of emphasis on communication with patients and family members throughout the delivery of our individualized treatment plans.
Acuity Specialty Hospital is capable of managing many types of respiratory interventions or treatment modalities, including:
- Mechanical ventilation via an oral endotracheal tube [ETT] or tracheostomy
- Conversion from ETT to tracheostomy
- Noninvasive mechanical ventilation such as CPAP and BiPAP
- High concentrations of oxygen via mask or nasal cannula
- Pulmonary toileting via chest PT, flutter devices, vests, or specialty beds
- Chest tubes (thoracostomies)
- Passy-Muir speaking valves
Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Association for Respiratory Care. Our ventilator weaning rates are consistently well above the national average. We would love the opportunity to care for you or your loved one!
The Wound Care Program at Acuity Specialty Hospital is world class. Our wound care nurses and physicians hold multiple certificates which attest to their skill; however, it is their experience, creativity, and passion for patient care that truly sets Acuity apart.
Our dynamic wound care team specializes in treating wounds of all types including pressure injuries, vascular wounds, diabetic wounds, surgical wounds, burns, fistulae, traumatic injuries, as well as continence and ostomy issues. Acuity utilizes the most effective advances in wound healing and ostomy technology.
Treatments and modalities available as indicated to promote healing include but aren’t limited to:
- Comprehensive pressure injury prevention program in place for all patients
- Surgical wound care
- Negative pressure (“vacuum”) wound therapy
- Ultrasound wound therapy
- Wound debridement- surgical and non-invasive methods
- Specialized support surfaces and specialty beds available to meet wound care and bariatric needs
- Specialty /complex dressings
- Fecal and urinary management devices
- Compression therapy
- Wound closure devices
Acuity recognizes that in order to heal complex wounds, the entire patient needs to be considered. After all, the skin is the largest organ of the human body! Our interdisciplinary clinical team evaluates a patient’s overall health, nutrition and hydration, pain management, infection risk, and other factors to individualize a comprehensive plan of care for each patient. Progress is tracked using digital wound care photography, specialized software, and validated wound assessment tools. Patients and families are included every step of the way to ensure that wounds continue to improve along the continuum of care.
The Medically Complex patients at our hospitals may come from many different places: short-term acute care hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, and other wound care centers, to name a few. No matter where they come from, they have come to Acuity because they require a higher level of clinical treatment and a multi-disciplinary approach in which we specialize. Among the Medically Complex conditions treated at our hospitals are:
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiovascular disease/post CABG
- Infectious diseases
- Neurological impairment
- Acute renal disease/renal failure
- Multi-system complications
- Multiple trauma
- Gastrointestinal disease
On the road to recovery, patients who are Medically Complex may require additional treatments including dialysis, nutritional services, and IV therapy.
The Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey Infectious Disease program is designed to treat serious infections and related complications in medically complex patients, and prevent these high-risk patients from acquiring further infections. While we focus on resolving a patient’s infection, we are able to support additional needs the patient may have such as ventilator weaning, nutritional support, rehabilitation therapy, and wound care.
Many of our patients come to us with multiple infections or severe complications of an infection, such as sepsis or organ dysfunction. Some of the infections may be the result of organisms that have already failed to respond to multiple antibiotic therapies. These are called “multi-drug resistant organisms” or MDROs. Our Infectious Disease specialists research each patient’s case to ensure that the patient is prescribed the most effective antibiotic combination for their specific needs.
Our interdisciplinary team provides individualized IV antibiotic therapy and supportive care under the direction of experienced board-certified Infectious Disease specialists. Common infections treated include pneumonia, bloodstream infections, cellulitis, infected wounds, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, urinary system infections, and intra-abdominal infections. Clinical pharmacy, radiology, surgical, and laboratory services are all available on site.
Our clinical staff is highly trained in infection control and prevention, and we have a full-time Infection Prevention Nurse on staff. We closely follow CDC guidelines and best practice recommendations to prevent the introduction of new or recurrent infections. Acuity Specialty Hospital is fully equipped to manage patient isolation needs including airborne isolation. Each patient, regardless of the reason for admission, is placed on contact isolation for at least the first few days of their stay at Acuity while they are evaluated by the Infection Prevention team. Patients and families are educated regarding hand hygiene, isolation, and other interventions designed to reduce the risk of infection. These practices help to protect all patients, staff, and families.
Quality & Safety
Our Quality Policy: As an ethical provider in the healthcare continuum, the mission of Acuity Specialty Hospital is to deliver effective, efficient, holistic patient care with dignity and compassion. AHNJ’s vision is to become the regional industry leader for excellence in providing patient care and driving superior outcomes, while meeting financial goals for cost-effective care. AHNJ’s guiding principles are: Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
Acuity Specialty Hospital of New Jersey is licensed by the State of New Jersey and accredited by DNV Healthcare. Acuity Specialty Hospital has been designated as a Center for Respiratory Care Excellence by the American Association for Respiratory Care since 2012.
In September, 2012, Acuity Specialty Hospital’s innovative patient safety practices were profiled in the trade magazine “Briefings on the Joint Commission.”
In June, 2013, Acuity Specialty Hospital became the first hospital in the state of NJ to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification. This certification has been maintained since that time. The ISO 9001:2008 quality management system sets the worldwide standard for ensuring organizational quality, across multiple industries. The certification verifies that our quality management system is aligned with global best practice standards. The quality management system is maintained by every employee under the guidance of the Chief Quality Officer, Patient Safety Officer, and the Quality Management Department.
In January, 2016, Acuity Specialty Hospital was honored to receive the 2016 New Jersey Hospital Association Excellence in Quality Improvement Award for the hospital’s work on reducing patient falls.
Acuity Specialty Hospital is committed to consistently meeting or exceeding national benchmarks for clinical outcomes, with a patient population that is more complex than the nationwide average for long term acute care. Our clinicians, staff, and leadership team are passionate about patient safety and delivering the highest quality care.
By having such a high quality standard, our patients and their families can rest assured knowing they are in the best hands.
We provide a high level of care that addresses each individual’s needs, such as:
Respiratory Therapy A respiratory therapist (RT) is a certified medical professional who specializes in providing healthcare for your lungs. They have advanced knowledge of high-tech equipment, such as mechanical ventilators. Respiratory therapists help improve outcomes for people with asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, lung trauma, and other diagnoses. RTs can assess your breathing, recommend exercises, and monitor your progress.
Speech Therapy Speech-Language Pathologist offer a wide range of services to patients with serious medical conditions. These services include evaluation and treatment to optimize a patients non-verbal and verbal communication skills, memory and problem-solving skills, and swallowing abilities. Speech-Language Pathologists participate in patient and family education, in-service staff and interact with other care team members on a regular basis.
Physical Therapy Medical complexities and prolonged illness result in a loss of mobility. Physical Therapists are trained to provide comprehensive treatment that is individually designed to address a person’s loss of functional mobility. This plan includes strengthening, coordination, balance, endurance and education that directly effects a person’s ability to walk, transfer and return to their prior level of function.
Occupational Therapy During a lengthy and prolonged illness, patients lose the ability to care for themselves due to a loss of strength, balance, coordination, endurance and cognition. An Occupational Therapist designs a plan to rehabilitate individuals to return to their prior level of function. They provide interventions and exercise and education to assist the individual with their activities of daily living. An activity of daily living includes dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting and oral care.
Wound Care Nurses specially trained in wound care can manage any type of wound to include surgical wounds, pressure injuries sometimes caused by prolonged bedrest, burns etc. This care includes advanced treatments such as negative pressure Negative pressure wound therapy (most commonly known as wound VAC) and may be used in combination with extended courses of antibiotic. Wound Care Nurses are also proficient in ostomy care.
Nutrition A Registered Dietician evaluates the patient’s nutrient needs and conducts on-going assessment and revision of the patients oral and/or non-oral intake to assure enhanced health during their recovery.