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Ventilator Weaning

Barlow Respiratory Hospital is a regional weaning center with a focus on the treatment of post-ICU patients. We are pioneers in the specialized care of the chronically critically ill. Our expertise in weaning patients from prolonged mechanical ventilation has developed innovative approaches, most notably our published Therapist-Implemented Patient-Specific “TIPS©” Weaning Protocol.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital is recognized for consistent success of our Ventilator Weaning Program, weaning more than 50% of patients each year while decreasing the number of days to wean. Over half of patients who wean do so in less than two weeks.

We never lose sight of how this impacts our patients and their families. Each time a patient regains the ability to breathe on their own, each time a family enjoys the gift of more time with a loved one, we are reminded of the importance of our work and reaffirm our dedication to excellence and innovation.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital legacy of specialized respiratory care includes:

  • We were the first in Southern California and are the longest continuously operating respiratory hospital in the United States.
  • Physicians at the finest hospitals in Los Angeles refer their patients to Barlow Respiratory Hospital for our expertise in ventilator weaning.
  • We care for more than twice the number of chronically critically ill ventilator patients than the national average.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital Therapist-Implemented Patient-Specific “TIPS©” Weaning Protocol was developed by our interdisciplinary team of health care professionals led by our own board-certified pulmonologists. It is evidence-based and anchored in years of specialized respiratory care practice.

Barlow’s TIPS© protocol has been adopted as a standard of care in hospitals nationwide to help patients previously unable to be liberated or “weaned” from the ventilator. Patients are guided through an individualized step-by-step method, implemented and monitored by respiratory therapists, to recover independent breathing.