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Craig Continues Leadership and Innovation in Ventilator and Weaning Program

Spinal cord and traumatic brain injury often result in insult or injury to the cardiopulmonary system. As a consequence, a host of respiratory problems and/or diseases can ensue. At Craig Hospital, respiratory care is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team dedicated to providing excellence in patient care.

When patients experience a high, cervical spinal cord injury, they are often ventilator-dependent. Craig Hospital's ventilator and weaning program continues as one of the largest specialty programs of its kind in the U.S. Our program has an excellent reputation for weaning patients off ventilators.

According to James Fenton, M.D., Pulmonary Medical Director for Craig, "Our success at weaning spinal cord injured patients from mechanical ventilation is the result of teamwork between the respiratory staff and the patient. It highlights the spirit of compassionate quality care at Craig Hospital."

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Additional goals of the program include medical stabilization and training the patient and family in home-care and health management in anticipation of the patient returning home. In fact, 95.2% of Craig's patients that remain ventilator-dependent are discharged to home as opposed to subacute facilities or nursing homes.

Craig actively recruits top Respiratory Care professionals from around the country. Currently, the staff consists of 26 highly skilled therapists, collectively averaging over seven years of service. Many having more than 20 years of service with Craig Hospital and 70% have their advanced registry practioner designation. Each therapist must complete a rigorous orientation process upon hire, pass annual exams and competencies to maintain employment and every therapist is ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certified.

For information about Craig's ventilator program, contact Darlene Dumont, Manager of Respiratory Care at ddumont@craighospital.org. Patient referrals to Craig's Ventilator program should be made to Maggie Rose, RN, Admissions Director 303-789-8344 or admissions@craighospital.org.

Keys to Craig's Respiratory Program Success

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