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Brain Injury

Barlow Respiratory Hospital serves as a next level of care for patients who have suffered a brain injury. The recovery journey for a patient who has suffered traumatic brain injury from an accident or brain injury from stroke, anoxic incident, or encephalopathy may include a move from the hospital ICU to an acute rehab facility. Because acute rehabilitation facilities generally do not accept patients on a ventilator, brain injury patients who are not yet physically well enough, or not yet weaned from the ventilator, or not yet cognitively ready for intensive rehabilitation can benefit from treatment and time to recover with post-ICU care at Barlow Respiratory Hospital.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital serves referring hospitals, too, by making crucial ICU beds available for other patients. Physicians from the finest hospitals in Los Angeles and Southern California trust their most difficult cases to Barlow Respiratory Hospital.

Brain injuries can be devastating. Long term impacts can range from permanent disability to full recovery and depend not only on the severity of injury but on access to appropriate care. Complications of brain injury can include paralysis, spasticity, agitation, imbalances of hormones and problems with learning and remembering. Barlow Respiratory Hospital physicians and nurses are trained to recognize and treat these complications.

For post-ICU brain injury patients, including patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or sudden onset neurological event, like a stroke or aneurysm, Barlow Respiratory Hospital comprehensive post-ICU care helps prepare for the rehabilitation process with ventilator weaning and initial rehabilitation efforts designed to achieve rehab-readiness.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital specialization in ventilator weaning and comprehensive post-ICU acute care delivered by an expert interdisciplinary clinical healthcare team can prepare brain injury patients for intensive rehabilitation following Barlow Respiratory Hospital care.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital Brain Injury Recovery Program is led by Dr. Shantanu Thakur, MD, FAAPMR. Dr. Thakur is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine, and Pain Medicine. Brain injury patients are seen by highly trained specialty physicians seven days a week, with a physician on site at all hours. Barlow Respiratory Hospital staff and program physicians include Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, and an expert interdisciplinary clinical and rehabilitation team. Our team works together to ensure brain injury patients are rehabilitation ready and prepared for the next steps in their recovery journey.

Patients are seen by highly trained specialty physicians seven days a week, with a physician on site at all hours. Barlow Respiratory Hospital staff and program physicians include Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, and an expert interdisciplinary clinical and rehabilitation team. Our team works together to ensure brain injury patients are rehabilitation ready and prepared for the next steps in their recovery journey.

Recovery Begins Here

Barlow Respiratory Hospital serves as the next level of care for patients with both traumatic brain injuries and non-traumatic brain injuries (including stroke, anoxic brain injury, and encephalopathy) who are hospitalized and need additional time to recover from complex medical conditions.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital

  • receives brain injury patients from the entire Southern and Central California regions
  • Ideal for brain injury patients with complex post-discharge needs to prepare for further rehabilitation at a specialized program or acute rehab facility
  • patients receive continuous skilled nursing care and respiratory care
  • patients are seen by multiple physicians daily
  • Barlow Respiratory Hospital interdisciplinary team includes physicians specializing in:
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Neurology
    • Psychiatry
    • Pulmonology
    • Nephrology
    • Cardiology
    • Infectious Disease
and skilled healthcare professionals in:
  • Nursing
  • Wound care
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Case Management
  • Social Services
  • patients receive continuous skilled nursing care and respiratory care
  • Because rehabilitation hospitals do not accept patients on a ventilator, or patients who are not yet able to tolerate hours of intensive rehabilitation, Barlow Respiratory Hospital specialization in ventilator weaning is an important step in rehabilitation readiness and the recovery journey.
    • ventilator weaning
    • rehabilitation readiness

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