Letter From The CEO
to Employees

What to Expect

YOUR CARE AND RECOVERY JOURNEY

Barlow Respiratory Hospital serves patients with specialized post-ICU care and may be one of the steps in your loved one's Care and Recovery Journey. See the video to learn more.

Ventilator Weaning Program

Barlow Respiratory Hospital is a long-term acute care hospital (LTCH or LTACH) serving the chronically critically ill, and the destination of choice for weaning patients from prolonged mechanical ventilation. Patients are referred to Barlow from over 50 hospital intensive care units (ICUs) in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Southern California. Over 300 patients a year are discharged from our Ventilator Weaning Program.

In 2019, Barlow Respiratory Hospital was awarded recertification for the Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Certification for Respiratory Failure by the Joint Commission. We were the first hospital in California to achieve this certification, in 2016, and are among an elite few hospitals nationwide to be awarded. Barlow is also the only West Coast Passy-Muir Center of Excellence, recognized for treating patients with tracheostomies, on and off the ventilator.

As an LTCH, also known as long-term acute care (LTAC or LTACH) hospital, Barlow provides similar types of care your family member received in the ICU at an acute care hospital. The average number of days a patient stays at Barlow is around 28 days, as we establish your goals of care, treatment, and discharge plan.

Different from the ICU

You will see that Barlow Respiratory Hospital is different from the ICU. For example, the nurse-to-patient staffing ratio is different, so the wait time to see your nurse or non-medical staff may be longer than you are accustomed to. We understand that can be uncomfortable. And diagnostic or surgical procedures may require scheduling an off-site visit. This is not unique to Barlow, but is one of the ways an LTCH like Barlow is different from the ICU. Despite those things that are different and difficult to get used to, we are here to provide the best possible care and to achieve the best possible outcome.

Barlow provides the opportunity for continued attempts to wean from the ventilator. Over half of the patients who come to Barlow for weaning are weaned in less than two weeks using ourTIPS© weaning protocol.

You will be assessed daily for weaning readiness and ability, but weaning attempts cannot continue indefinitely. It is our goal to be able to wean you from the ventilator, but you could also be discharged partially weaned such as only on the ventilator at night, or discharged still ventilator-dependent. Our Case Managers will work with you and your family to establish your discharge plan. You will be discharged to the next level of care, whether that is home or to another facility, when your physician decides you are ready.

Our Ventilator Weaning Program teams work together to care for you. The team consists of: pulmonologists, critical care physicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation professionals (physical, occupational, and speech language pathologists), clinical dietitians, case managers, social workers, and pharmacists. We were founded in 1902 and are dedicated to achieve best outcomes for quality of life.

View a Video Tour of our hospitals

We believe the best way to really know if Barlow is right for your loved one is to visit us in advance for a tour.

Welcome to Barlow. We know how difficult it is to adjust to different care settings. At Barlow Respiratory Hospital, some things will be different from previous hospitalizations and some things that seem routine in other hospitals are not available in an LTCH setting. Let us know when you have questions or concerns. You can ask your doctor or the charge nurse on duty. Or you can request a family meeting to bring members of your clinical care team together. At Barlow Respiratory Hospital our mission is to make a positive difference in your life!