Ventilator Care

St. Elias Specialty Hospital’s team cares for patients who require mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure caused by an injury, medically complex illnesses, neurologic dysfunction, or other problems. We assist patients in achieving their highest level of independent function. Our respiratory team prides itself in a very high success rate in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators and helping patients to re-establish breathing on their own.

Our 59-bed hospital is -accredited by the Joint Commission. Our staff includes y highly skilled nurses, respiratory therapists, and a physician team that interacts  with patients on a 24 hour per day basis. St. Elias ventilator care patients are monitored by telemetry and benefit from a very low patient to nurse staffing ratio.

St. Elias ventilator care patients are monitored by telemetry benefit from a very low patient to nurse staffing ratio. Each patient is evaluated by a multidisciplinary team. Individual care plans, involving the patient and family, are goal-oriented for each patient’s diagnosis and prognosis.

Patient care team

  • steliaspatientrightsHighly skilled Internal Medicine Hospitalists
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine specialist
  • Infectious Disease specialists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Licensed nurses (many of them ICU nurses)
  • Speech Therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual Care
  • Case Managers
  • Dietitian
  • In house pharmacy services

Patient services

Respiratory therapy is provided 24- hours a day, 7- days a week by registered and certified respiratory therapists to help patients continue the goal of ventilator weaning and maintaining adequate airway. All therapists have completed rigorous orientation processes to work at St. Elias and are required to pass annual competencies to maintain employment. Every respiratory therapist is ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certified. Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are available to help patients re-learn activities of daily living, mobility and speech skills. Patients are educated on how to adapt to any equipment that may become a part of their daily lives on discharge. They are also counseled on how to maintain habits of good daily living such as diet and exercise to prevent further illness and possible infection.

Family members and friends

St. Elias considers the family to be a critical part of the patient’s success in weaning from a ventilator or to adapting to a productive lifestyle if ventilator weaning is not possible. At St. Elias, family members are included in the treatment plan and more importantly in the discharge-planning phase. The family is included in working with the dietitian, case managers, physicians, nurses, therapists and social worker. We have found the most successful patient outcomes to be when the patient’s family is involved and we encourage and welcome the patient family to become part of the St. Elias team.