Started in 1979, our progressive Respiratory Care program was one of the first of its kind in the region.
Our focus is exclusively on the most difficult respiratory cases. Our patients often have severe respiratory failure, chronic respiratory disability or come directly from an intensive care unit for ventilator weaning.
Oxygen-dependent individuals receive physical rehabilitation and education about their disease. Every effort is made to help individuals live without the aid of a ventilator or oxygen. Our success rates are among the best in the nation. Inpatient and outpatient programs are available.
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For more information on our Respiratory Care program, call our Admissions department: 651-232-2760.
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About our programs
Progressive Respiratory Care is the umbrella name for two hospital programs. Both programs have acute care nursing ratios and high respiratory therapy staffing created specifically to care for patients with chronic ventilator and oxygen dependency.
Our two inpatient programs are for:
Many of these individuals have reached a plateau in their recovery and have been diagnosed as being unable to breathe independently, now or ever. Despite this prognosis, Bethesda has one of the highest wean success rates in the country. The typical inpatient stay lasts 30 to 35 days, and may be followed by participation in an outpatient program or in an ongoing support group.
Patients in this program participate in daily breathing training and education. Patients with chronic respiratory problems receive respiratory, physical and occupational therapy.
Working toward independence
Upon admission to either program, our interdisciplinary team assesses each patient to determine strengths, needs and preferences. We set goals with the patient and family to address some or all of these areas:
- Activities of daily living
- Anxiety management
- Community involvement
- General medicine
- Grief management
- Leisure activities
- Medication management
- Psycho-social adjustment
- Respiratory management
- Spiritual needs
- Strength, coordination and endurance
- Vocational needs
For admission to our Respiratory Care program, potential patients must:
- Be 16 years or older and undergoing treatment for respiratory failure
- Be clinically and physiologically stable
- Need close medical attention and be unable to be served by a non-hospital level of care
- Have a primary medical condition related to respiratory compromise
- Require complex respiratory care, including but not limited to ventilator support
- Require complex intervention by specialized professional staff
- Display potential for improvement
View Respiratory Care patient stories
Bethesda Hospital has decades of experience in reinventing lives. Watch these videos to learn about a few of these stories.
In October 2008, Donna aspirated during routine surgery and severely damaged her lungs. She spent close to two months in that hospital's ICU, and then was transferred—while still on a ventilator—to Bethesda Hospital for 50 days. Watch this video for more of her story.
On April 4, 2011, Carol Kraft went to a hospital for a routine surgery. She nearly died ... Watch this video for more of her story.
On September 19, 2008 Bob Saunders awoke coughing up blood and struggling to breathe. After being rushed to a local community hospital, the diagnosis came back as ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome (which places an individual into respiratory failure). Watch this video for more of his story.
Decades of experience in reinventing lives.
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