Swing Bed (Skilled Nursing)

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A variety of patients can benefit from Swing Bed services, but many people in this area do not realize we offer this service similar to a Skilled Nursing Unit.  Or, they may not know that loved ones can be transferred to Prague Community Hospital, closer to friends and family, to receive these services after they have concluded an acute-care hospital stay at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma City or other communities.

Despite its odd name, the Swing Bed program at Prague Community Hospital provides a valuable resource to area Medicare patients needing daily skilled nursing services after the acute-care phase is over.

The Swing Bed program provides 24-hour skilled nursing care for certain conditions:

  • Patients with multiple medical problems needing extended skills observation and medication adjustment.
  • Patients needing skilled wound/dressing changes or those needing extended IV antibiotic therapy.
  • Newly diagnosed adult diabetic patients needing insulin teaching and adjustment.
  • Patients needing rehabilitation services (physical, occupational or speech therapy) following an orthopedic surgery, stroke or other debilitating condition.
All patients entering the Swing Bed program must have been in an acute care hospital for at least three days before their transfer into the program.

Admissions are screened on an individual basis, but there must be a certified need for daily skilled nursing care.

If you think you or a loved one could benefit from Swing Bed services at Prague Community Hospital, call:

Kari White, RN
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