At Kindred Hospitals, we understand the hardships experienced by patients who require mechanical ventilator support. Our goal is to help our patients breathe on their own again and regain their independence. With almost three decades of experience in ventilator care, and as the largest employer of respiratory therapists, Kindred is the recognized leader in pulmonary care nationwide.

    Patients with complex respiratory disorders receive care based on the latest protocols, including a tailored ventilator weaning care plan overseen by a board-certified pulmonologist. All of our hospitals have respiratory therapists on staff 24 hours a day.

    Many patients referred to us are considered unable to be weaned from a ventilator. But due to our industry leading weaning protocols and experienced team members we are successfully able to wean many of these cases.

    Our Patients

    Our hospitals provide respiratory care to patients who demonstrate extensive medical complexity. Many of our patients come to us with the following conditions:

    • simple and complex pneumonia
    • obstructive airway diseases (e.g., COPD)
    • obstructive sleep apnea
    • ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)
    • Neuromuscular Respiratory Insufficiency Syndrome
    • acute airway needs

    Team Treatment

    Kindred Hospitals treat patients with an interdisciplinary team approach. Kindred’s team of healthcare professionals, together with our board-certified pulmonologists, provides care for all respiratory patients. They meet regularly to address each patient’s:

    • mobilization and rehabilitation
    • pulmonary hygiene and suctioning
    • nutrition and medication
    • family education and participation

    Personalized Treatment

    Patients receive comprehensive treatment plans overseen by a physician who makes daily rounds to review the effectiveness of the following therapies:

    • chest percussion therapy
    • inspiratory muscle training
    • Passy-Muir valve placement
    • non-invasive ventilator management
    • end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring
    • airway management
    • fiber-optic bronchoscopy

    Our tailored weaning care plans are designed to liberate patients from mechanical ventilation. This plan includes interdisciplinary team conferences with pulmonologists and therapists.

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