Centers of Excellence

Barlow Respiratory Hospital

Barlow Respiratory Hospital team

Specializing in ventilator weaning, pulmonary rehabilitation, and care of medically complex patients, Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, California, delivers on its mission to help patients breathe easier. As a long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital, Barlow is widely trusted for the specialized care we offer to chronically, critically ill patients in the post-ICU setting.

The physician-led interdisciplinary team includes nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, case managers, and dietitians. The “rehabilitative” model of care has long been embraced in the management of the nearly 800 patients admitted each year, 300 of which, on average, are admitted with a tracheostomy. The Barlow Respiratory Hospital incorporates the use of the Passy Muir® Valve at every opportunity, to enhance the ventilator weaning experience and improve decannulation outcomes. Every tracheostomy and ventilator patient is assessed within 72 hours of admission for the opportunity to use the Passy Muir Valve.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital and Research Center was the first to develop and publish a protocol specifically for weaning patients from prolonged mechanical ventilation. The Therapist-Implemented Patient-Specific (TIPS©) protocol, developed by Barlow pulmonologists and based on years of specialized practice, has been nationally recognized and widely adopted by other hospitals. The introduction of the Passy Muir Valve during the weaning process is a standard of practice at Barlow. When it comes to providing world-class care as well as intensive, individualized treatment regimens for respiratory and complex illnesses, Barlow has a reputation as one of the best.

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Publications and Presentations

Barlow Respiratory Research Center Publications

NALTH Fall 2010 Member Spotlight

Policies and Procedures

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