Ventilator Care

patient with nurseUnable to maintain spontaneous breathing, ventilator patients are at greater risk and require specialized care

Suffering from a brain, spinal cord or medically complex injury is challenging enough — but patients who are experiencing some level of respiratory failure and require ventilator care are faced with even greater obstacles. Ventilator care patients are not physiologically able to maintain spontaneous breathing.

The need for complex respiratory care and rehabilitation is often seen in patients with neuromuscular and central nervous system diseases.  These include spinal cord injuries and other medically complex conditions such as stroke, brain, injury, myocardial infarction and ALS . HealthBridge accepts patients that not only show potential for ventilator weaning, but those that may need long-term care placement. These patients are at greater risk of developing infections because their respiratory systems are already compromised. At HealthBridge, the chance of infection is significantly less due to expert airway care by our nurses and respiratory therapists.

The HealthBridge Difference

HealthBridge offers 24/7 respiratory therapy coverage under the oversight of a board-certified pulomonigist. Ventilator nursing care specialists are, of course, a vital part of our complex care and rehabilitation staffing mix that keeps our patients comfortable and improving every day. Additionally, every care-providing HealthBridge staff member is trained  in the proper administration and weaning of ventilator care. Staff competencies are reviewed regularly and additional training is provided when medical industry standards and ventilator technologies change. HealthBridge is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and recognized for meeting the commission’s healthcare quality and safety standards.

Individualized Respiratory Care Plan

Beginning with a careful assessment of a patient’s respiratory function, a personalized ventilator care program is established and, once administered, staff is proactive in preventing many complications commonly associated with vent care, including infection. The HealthBridge team has been highly successful with weaning patients from ventilator support and oxygen therapy. The level of expertise and consistent physician involvement provides our patients with the maximum opportunity of comfort, removal of ventilator dependence, and ultimately their recovery.

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