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Respiratory Care

When your loved one is hospitalized in the ICU in an acute care hospital and dependent on a mechanical ventilator to breathe, you need to know what to expect. After they are stable, your loved one may be discharged to another hospital for specialized respiratory care.

This is called transfer to a lower level of care, and is most often to a respiratory hospital or long-term acute care hospital (LTCH). These are medical facilities that serve patients with complex medical needs who require longer hospital stays and need highly specialized care. Stays are typically less than 30 days.

Respiratory Care at Barlow Respiratory Hospital

Barlow Respiratory Hospital is a high-volume regional weaning center. Respiratory Care is integral to the specialized care we provide to our patients at Barlow Respiratory Hospital main campus in Los Angeles and our satellite units in Van Nuys and Whittier, California. Our interdisciplinary clinical team includes our Barlow Respiratory Therapists who are national and California Board Certified Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP).

Respiratory care at Barlow Respiratory Hospital includes:

  • Ventilator Weaning/Mechanical Ventilation
  • Therapist-Implemented Patient-Specific (TIPS©) Protocol
  • Passy Muir Speaking Valve
  • Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Complex Pneumonias
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Post-ICU COVID-19

As soon as the patient is medically stable, discharge to another facility, a lower level of care, or home, is scheduled. At this point, the patient may benefit from a skilled nursing facility, acute rehabilitation, or in-home healthcare.