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  • PULMONARY CARE

    Helping You Breathe Easy

    At Kindred Hospital, 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 successfully weaned 44% of these cases in 2008.

    Our Patients

    Our hospital provides 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 Hospital treats 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 therapies which may include but are not limited to:

    • 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.

    Learn more about:
    Respiratory Therapy
    Ventilator Care

  • Nationally Recognized Excellence

    Kindred Hospital was recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) with the Association’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) in 2012. AARC 2012

    Hospitals receiving the designation must meet strict safety and quality standards related to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists.

    Requirements include:

    • All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.
    • Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
    • Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
    • Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.
    • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
    • Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory therapy department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.

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