Critical Splash - Swimming for Survivors
***If you would like to see Stuart's progress as he crosses the Channel, go to this website and select the boat called Mighty Moe.
Associate Professor Stuart Lane is hoping to open Australia's first Intensive Care Unit (ICU) follow-up clinic. This project aims to develop and plan a model of care that facilitates the post hospital care of ICU patients who have suffered from a critical illness, supports those patients as they return to daily life in the community, and in turn reduces the requirement for re-admission to health care facilities.
People who survive critical illness can have high rates of re-admission and are more likely to need long-term acute care, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation. The development of an ICU follow-up clinic, in which medical practitioners provide continuity of care from the Intensive Care setting to the out-patient clinic will reduce potential re-admissions to hospital and have profound implications for improving daily functioning and quality of life for survivors of critical illness.
As part of this fundraising initiative, Associate Professor Lane is attempting to swim the English Channel, a distance of some 32 kilometres (21 miles) which will take 10-12 hours to complete, through one of the busiest waterways in the world, with roughly 600 tankers and 200 ferries passing through the channel every day. The English Channel is a unique and demanding swim, considered by many to be the ultimate long distance challenge. It isn't just the distance that is the challenge, but more, the variable conditions that swimmers are likely to encounter. These may vary from mirror like conditions to gale force winds and wave heights in excess of two metres. The water is cold and there is a good chance of meeting jellyfish, seaweed and the occasional plank of wood.
Stuart's goal is to raise $1000 for every mile that he swims. Please show your support by making a gift today.
If you are not in a position to give, you can still help by sharing our project with your friends and family through social media and your networks. Thank you.
Stuart's tidal window for the swim is 28 July - 6 August. If you would like to see his journey leading up to the swim and then his progress as he crosses the Channel, you can follow his instagram or go to this website and select the boat called Mighty Moe.