Some illnesses make breathing more difficult. Your loved one may need a ventilator or respiratory therapy to help him or her breathe easier. For many, each breath is an effort, often causing anxiety, which results in further shortness of breath, increased heart rate, muscle tension and even feelings of panic. This can negatively impact all aspects of life.
Our goal is to help your loved one regain independence by breathing without assistive devices.
We specialize in pulmonary treatment, so you can feel confident when your loved one is under our care. We focus on pulmonary disease management and providing quality treatment based on the latest protocols.
When you cannot breathe on your own, it becomes necessary to be placed on mechanical ventilation. The amount of time on a ventilator varies by person. We look at each person individually to determine specific care needs with the goal of helping with recovery as fully as possible.
For many, breathing independently is possible but some assistance is beneficial; for example, those with underlying lung disease. In this case, a key treatment we may be able to offer you is respiratory therapy. Our respiratory therapists are members of the clinical team who specializes in helping you with all your pulmonary needs, including:
The coordinated care team addresses mobilization and rehabilitation; pulmonary hygiene and suctioning; nutrition and medication; and family education and participation.
Your team at OSF Transitional Care Hospital may include:
Call us to talk to a registered nurse