Complex Long-Term Care Patient (Term)
From All Rights (Kol-Zchut) (www.kolzchut.org.il)
- A complex long-term care patient is a long-term care patient who, in addition to being unable to perform daily functions, requires constant supervision by a doctor due to:
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Prolonged intravenous infusion
- Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
- As of 2009, a patient fed through a feeding tube is no longer considered to be a complex long-term care patient; but rather, simply a long-term care patient. (Click here to see a Ministry of Health director circular for more information.)
An 81 year old woman who was considered to be a long-term care patient developed stage 4 bedsores and was thereafter defined as a complex long-term care patient by a geriatric doctor.