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Pulmonary / Ventilator Weaning

  • We understand the feeling of helplessness that often occurs when loved ones cannot breathe on their own. In a typical year, we treat more than 11,000 ventilator-dependent patients, or one in five such patients in the United States. Our ventilator teams consist of board-certified pulmonologists, pulmonary program managers, advanced practice nurses, respiratory therapists, nursing and rehabilitation professionals, pharmacists and nutritionists.

    In 2011, 70 percent of patients who were unable to be weaned off of mechanical ventilation equipment in traditional hospitals were successfully weaned in our specialty hospitals.

    Our expertise extends to patients who have the following:

    • Mechanical ventilator dependence
    • Chronic lung disease, including COPD, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, Interstitial Lung Disease, or Asthma
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Acute Respiratory Involvement, including pneumonia, stroke, brain injury, post-surgical complications, spinal cord injury, or metabolic encephalopathy

    Our pulmonary program is designed to:

    • Provide a highly coordinated ventilator weaning program to promote successful weaning
    • Provide individualized treatment strategies for each patient with daily physician visits, specialty consults, physician-directed weaning protocols, and diagnostic studies
    • Resolve the pulmonary condition while managing other medical conditions
    • Administer medications and monitor effects
    • Complete patient and family training by time of discharge to ensure continuity of care