Started in 1979, Bethesda Hospital’s 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.
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.
Upon admission to either program, our 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:
For admission to Bethesda’s Respiratory Care program, potential patients must:
For more information on our Respiratory Care program, call Bethesda's Admissions department: 651-232-2760.