Learn More About Ventilator Care
“Where care breathes life” is not just a slogan, it’s what guides us to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families. Our residents live to experience life. The care we provide is specialized for individuals dependent on a ventilator to breathe so our residents can experience life on their terms. Kissito Healthcare exists for the betterment and care of life.
A ventilator is a medical device that helps individuals breathe properly when they cannot do so on their own. The purpose of ventilator care is to get oxygen to the brain, heart, and other organs so they can function during a medical episode.
Respiratory care is a collaborative effort. The entire team provides indispensable support to the respiratory therapists (RT) as well as necessary rehabilitation and care for our residents. Their support allows RTs to focus on quality outcomes for each resident. Our team follows the American Association for Respiratory Care guidelines to give our residents every opportunity to achieve their highest potential for weaning.
The RTs of Kissito Premiere Ventilator Care centers take pride in their work, whether it is liberating a resident from the ventilator, or working toward the highest quality of life on the ventilator.
Conditions Requiring Ventilator Care
Some health conditions that may cause difficulty in breathing and may require a ventilator:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Brain injury
- Cardiac arrest
- Collapsed lung
- Lung infection
- Upper spinal cord injuries
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease
Our extensive nursing and respiratory care experience allows us to respond to the unique challenges of ventilator dependent residents and enhances our ability to restore patients to the highest levels of form, function, and independence.
Our ventilator weaning program specializes in determining an individual’s best plan of care by evaluating several factors.
- History & Physical
- Lab results
- Ventilator Settings
- Physical, Occupational, and Speech Evaluations
- Oxygenation Status
- Cardiovascular Function
- Psychological Factors
- Overall health and resident goals
- Generally, our residents in our ventilator support weaning program will fall into one of two categories:
those for whom liberation is quick and routine;
- and those requiring a more gradual reduction in the weaning of ventilator support.