Carolinas HealthCare System

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