For Referring Physicians

Is Your Patient Ready for a Ventilator Weaning Program?

Patients who are deemed medically stable after prolonged hospitalization in an intensive care unit (ICU) in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Southern California can be considered for ventilator weaning or additional critical care services at Barlow Respiratory Hospital.

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Our weaning success rate has been over 50% each of the last 10 years, 2009-2018.

In 2016, with recertification in 2018, Barlow Respiratory Hospital was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease Specific Certification for Respiratory Failure by The Joint Commission, the only one on the West Coast. Barlow is among fewer than two dozen hospitals nationwide that have achieved this elite certification. Barlow was also awarded the designation as the only West Coast Passy-Muir Center of Excellence, recognized for treating patients with tracheostomies, on and off the ventilator.


Over half of the patients who come to Barlow for weaning are weaned in less than two weeks using our TIPS© weaning protocol.

Over 300 patients a year are discharged from our Ventilator Weaning Program.

Barlow interdisciplinary Ventilator Weaning Program teams consist of: pulmonologists, nurses, case managers, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation professionals (physical, occupational, and speech therapists), clinical dietitians, social workers, and pharmacists.

Patients are assessed daily for weaning readiness and ability, but weaning attempts cannot continue indefinitely. As an LTCH, the average patient stays with us for around 28 days, as we establish goals of care, treatment, and discharge plan. Barlow Case Managers work with patients and family members to establish discharge plan to the next level of care, whether that is home or to another facility.

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