Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a premier provider of long – term acute care hospital services. Gaylord’s pulmonary program is a comprehensive program providing therapy and training for individuals with various respiratory conditions and diseases at both the inpatient and outpatient level of care. This program includes individual treatment sessions, as well as group pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Gaylord has an aggressive ventilator weaning program with a 67% weaning rate which exceeds the NALTH rates of 60%. The ventilator weaning goal for 2013 has been set at 70%. Gaylord has an interdisciplinary “Ventilator/Tracheostomy Team”, which meets weekly to ensure that the needs of complex pulmonary patients are met in a timely manner. The diverse team includes pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses, registered dieticians and care managers. This team manages all aspects of our pulmonary patients needs. Gaylord has a comprehensive decannulation program and encourages the use of the Passy-Muir® Valve early in the recovery process.
Gaylord is also currently gathering data and conducting a research study. The objective of the study is to determine if the use of the Passy-Muir Valve can predict and/or improve ventilator weaning outcomes for patients admitted for weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation.
Through this comprehensive program many ventilator – dependent patients are weaned with the supervision and support of our pulmonary team. This enables a large percentage of pulmonary patients to return home after discharge with an improved quality of life.
Meet the Team
Front row, left to right: Martha Menseli RD; Dr. Peter Rogol MD Pulmonologist; Tammy Maher RT; Maureen Sullivan RPh
Back row, left to right: Karen Miraldi, RT; Lorraine Cullen, RT Supervisor; Senada Duracek RN and RT; Cheryl Tansley, SLP; Sarah Ferraro PT; Sue Paxton RN; Jarret Assael RT; Karen Gamble, RN, Case Manager
Policy and Procedures
Click here to download Gaylord's Policy and Procedure: "In-Line Passy Muir Valve."