The staff of experts at Carolinas Rehabilitation provides expert respiratory rehabilitation care, including helping patients on ventilators breathe on their own.

Patients admitted to Carolinas Rehabilitation ventilator rehabilitation program:

  • Must meet general rehab admission criteria
  • Are medically stable and do not require extensive monitoring
  • Are in the process of being weaned from mechanical ventilation (oxygen less than 50 percent, respiratory rate less than eight)
  • Usually have a neuromuscular disorder

However, if a patient is ventilator-dependent, a stable discharge disposition must be arranged prior to admission.

The respiratory care department provides a complete scope of services including:

  • Oxygen therapy (including trach care)
  • Bronchodilator therapy
  • Chest wall manipulation
  • EKG
  • Arterial blood gases
  • Ventilator care

The department is also part of the Rapid Response and Code Teams.

Program quality is our goal. Carolinas Rehabilitation's respiratory care department is proud to:

  • Have team members certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Offer 24/7 coverage
  • Feature a low staff-to-patient ratio for more personalized care and attention
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