Pulmonary and Respiratory

Ventilator weaning is when a patient is removed from the ventilator and breathes without it. A patient may require multiple weaning trials before being completely liberated from the ventilator and may need prolonged acute care to achieve this goal. Patients with complex respiratory needs may require services provided by a specialty acute care hospital to recover from an exacerbation and regain optimal respiratory health.

Under the direction of board-certified critical care pulmonologists and 24-hour respiratory therapists, our interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, nutritionists, wound care specialists, pharmacists, and case management develops and continually reviews a plan of care for each patient. 

An individualized pulmonary rehabilitation program is developed to promote independence by focusing on muscle strength and endurance, education in energy conservation techniques, and increased activity tolerance. This focused and strategic care supports patients in meeting their recovery goals at their own pace and helping them return to their highest level of function.

BayCare Alliant’s in-house licensed and registered respiratory therapists are skilled in meeting the specialized needs of our patients with complex respiratory services: 
  • Ventilator weaning and liberation
  • Tracheostomy care and decannulation (trach removal)
  • Passy-Muir valve placement (speaking valve)
  • Management of heated high flow oxygen
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations
  • BiPAP, CPAP, Trilogy monitoring/teaching
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchoscopies
  • Chest percussion therapy
  • Chest tube management
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Use of the electrolarynx following total laryngectomy

To learn more about pulmonary and respiratory services at BayCare Alliant Hospital, call (727) 734-6791.