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You may require breathing support if you have airway or lung problems caused by accidental injury, medically complex disease, certain neurological conditions or other disorders. A mechanical ventilator or respirator can support your breathing while you heal after major surgery or during critical illness.

At Providence St. Elias Specialty Hospital, we’ll help you and your family to understand your condition, care and procedures. We’ll closely monitor your health and take steps to help you heal so you can regain your ability to breathe independently.

Our respiratory team has a high success rate in helping critically ill patients to get better so they can go off ventilators. Whatever your condition, we provide dedicated nursing care and round-the-clock medical attention.

We provide respiratory support as part of a treatment plan for these and other critical conditions:

  • Acute asthma
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Apnea
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Lung injury or disease
  • Major surgical procedures
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neurological diseases and disorders
  • Respiratory distress
  • Reye’s syndrome
  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic injuries

Throughout your care, your doctors cooperate with other care providers and specialists to develop and carry out a goal-oriented individual treatment plan. Every detail is tailored to your diagnosis and adjusted for changing medical conditions and needs. We involve you and your family at every step.

Our highly skilled nurses, respiratory therapists and multispecialty doctors evaluate your condition and guide your care, 24 hours a day. We monitor critical care patients using sophisticated telemetry and other medical equipment that tracks vital signs and other important data.

At Providence St. Elias Specialty Hospital, we have a very low patient-to-nurse staffing ratio. This means you’ll have responsive, attentive care from our team of respiratory experts at any hour of the day or night.

Your care team may include these and other care providers and specialists:

  • Case managers
  • Dietitians
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Internal medicine hospitalists
  • Licensed nurses, including ICU nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pulmonary/critical care medicine specialists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Speech therapists
  • Spiritual care providers