The ventilator program at the St. Augustine Health Campus is designed to help patients with many levels of respiratory support needs. The goal is for patients to regain their fullest potential by participating in intensive rehabilitative care. For some, this means getting well enough to be weaned off the ventilator, and for those who remain on the ventilator, it means living a more active, enjoyable life supported by a complete respiratory team. The program is designed to include the patient and their families in the recovery process. The ventilator program provides patients with the best medical, respiratory, nursing and rehabilitative services using the latest techniques and most up-to-date equipment.
Under the direction of a pulmonary medicine physician from Ohio Chest Physicians and the primary care physician, ventilator patients receive around-the-clock skilled nursing and respiratory care. Our expert respiratory team for ventilator-dependent patients comprises a full range of highly skilled nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, nurses, therapists, nursing assistants, social workers, registered dietitian, chaplain and pastoral care. Together, they offer an individualized approach to providing the highest level of quality patient care.
Who is treated here?
Our ventilator program is designed for a variety of patients with specialized pulmonary needs. Conditions treated include:
- Ventilator dependency
- Neuromascular diseases
- Airway management disorders
- Reactive airway disease
- Pulmonary infections
The Road Home
Many patients will be able to resume their routine lifestyle, while others may transition to our long-term care. Patients may benefit from weaning techniques, portable ventilators, and physical, occupation and speech therapies. Long-term ventilator patients may also reside in our specialized unit. In addition to quality clinical care, patients and their families will receive education and support from our social services department, chaplain and pastoral care team.
Ventilator dialysis is provided under the direction of a pulmonary medicine physician from Ohio Chest Physicians and a primary care physician and is supported by Dialyze Direct.
Improved Patient Health
- Bedside hemodialysis 5 days a week, approximately 2.5 hours per session
- Shorter, more frequent dialysis is gentler on the body and can help improve health
- More energy
- Better control of hypertension and anemia
- Fewer dialysis-related complications and hospitalizations
- Ventilator care and weaning
- Nurse practitioners
- Respiratory therapist 24/7
- Renal social workers
- Nursing assistants
- Chaplain and pastoral care
- Rec therapists
- Low hospital re-admission rates
- Outstanding staff-to-patient ratio
- High-quality skilled nursing care
- Mobility and participation in social activities are encouraged
- Individualized physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Education in disease management
- Easy transition to our long-term care, if needed