Why a Respiratory Hospital?

Why a Respiratory Hospital?


A simple guide through the process and possibilities ahead

A loved one is a patient hospitalized in the ICU in an acute care hospital, dependent on a mechanical ventilator to breathe.

After the patient is stable, discharge to another hospital will be scheduled 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 care hospital (LTCH).

Also known as long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals, 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.

After the patient has been weaned from mechanical ventilation and 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 Home Health Care.

Hospitals and insurance providers work closely to ensure each patient is provided with individualized treatment plans with the goal of moving to the next lower level of care, as soon as the patient is medically stable.

We understand that when a loved one is ill or injured, dealing with a hospitalization can be difficult for family members too.

We know you need to have information.

We hope this simple guide provides some answers for you. We welcome any other questions you may have.

Glossary

Stable – ready to be moved to another hospital

Lower Level of Care – when a patient gets better and needs less intensive care

Discharge – leaving a hospital to go to another hospital or another facility

Recovery – getting better, how much better is different for every patient

ICU – Intensive Care Unit – a hospital unit for critically ill patients –
usually 7 - 21 day stay

Hospital – a medical care facility for many different patients

Long Term Care Hospital / Long Term Acute Care Hospital – a hospital for patients who have been discharged from an ICU -
usually 20 - 30 day stay

Rehab / Rehabilitation – a place or process for helping a patient regain strength or skills

Skilled Nursing Facility – a care facility for continued recovery

Length of Stay – the amount of time someone is hospitalized

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