Around 500 burn vic­tims to re­ceive long term care: NHIA

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY GRACE TING- ANN LEE

The Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHIA, ) an­nounced yesterday that about 500 burn pa­tients are el­i­gi­ble for posta­cute care (PAC), which is equiv­a­lent to those af­forded stroke pa­tients.

The Formosa Fun Coast Wa­ter Park ( ) ex­plo­sions caused large num­bers of vic­tims with se- vere burns, whose re­cov­ery will re­quire both time and com­pre­hen­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare ( MHW, ) held a meet­ing to dis­cuss the fur­ther treat­ment of the vic­tims and de­cided to ac­ti­vate the PAC for all burn pa­tients, in­clud­ing those who were not vic­tims of the wa­ter park blaze.

NHIA Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Huang San-kuei ( ) pointed out that the PAC mainly in­cludes day­time care, clin­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and as­sis­tance from com­mu­nity care treat­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“The PAC helps to seam­lessly al­lo­cate acute med­i­cal care re­sources and the long-term care treat­ment of burn pa­tients,” Huang said. By pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive care in this crit­i­cal pe­riod, the PAC is ex­pected to help pa­tients re­cover and re­turn to their com­mu­ni­ties.

The 500 burn pa­tients will be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the PAC af­ter be­ing eval­u­ated by a team that han­dles acute burns. The PAC is tar­geted at pa­tients who are un­able to take care of their per­sonal daily ac­tiv­i­ties (with a Barthel In­dex Score lower than 80), or have wounds that they have not re­cov­ered well enough from af­ter two months.

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