Respiratory Therapy

The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place offers highly specialized respiratory care to mechanically ventilated and tracheostomized patients. We provide 24/7 respiratory therapy to supplement the existing skilled nursing care of The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place.

The program is based on providing expert sub-acute care for patients requiring mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy tubes. The comprehensive program focuses on multiple pulmonary disease processes associated with respiratory failure, such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, and asthma. Additionally, the program provides care to individuals requiring mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy tubes to patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases, such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Each patient has a uniquely engendered plan of care based upon their clinical presentation. The individualized plan of care allows for optimization of clinical progress, such as liberation from mechanical ventilation and decannulation of tracheostomy tubes. Most importantly, the specialized invasive unit allows for care of both acute and chronic respiratory failure patients. Both weaning and chronic mechanically ventilated patients are candidates for the program.

By combining expert clinical knowledge and modernized equipment, patients receive the optimal clinical care. Modern ventilators, pulmonary hygiene devices, high flow heated humidification systems, and other respiratory devices allow for our respiratory therapists to care for the patients efficiently. With the latest technologies available such as continuous pulse oximetry and redundant ventilator alarms, patient safety is at its highest level.

Through the combined efforts of highly specialized respiratory therapists, skilled nursing, and focused rehabilitative staff, the invasive mechanical ventilation unit at The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place renders the highest level of sub-acute care available. For both weaning and chronic mechanically ventilated patients, The HealthCare Center at West Meade Place provides expert respiratory care in a safe, comfortable environment. With respiratory therapist driven protocols and with pulmonologist oversight, the level of respiratory care is unrivaled.