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Ventilator-Dependent Patient Rehabilitation

The Ventilator-Dependent Patient Rehabilitation Unit in Specialty Hospital Programs is designed to decrease or eliminate the need for mechanical ventilation for medically complex patients requiring frequent physician intervention at least three times a week. Upon admission, the patient must require a ventilator, have a tracheostomy, and require frequent suctioning. A pulmonary consultation is required for all participants to include the potential for active weaning.

 Conditions treated through the program

Conditions that that affect older adults are treated at the Unit, including:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Other respiratory conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Medically complex conditions

What patients can expect

The program provides:

  • Pulmonary consultation to include the potential for active weaning
  • Weekly team rounds
  • Ongoing evaluation of aggressive weaning
  • Specialty treatments can include:
    • Wound care
    • Physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory rehabilitation
    • Individualized medical management
    • Cardiopulmonary management
    • Complex bowel and bladder management
    • Enteral or parenteral feeding for nutritional assistance

For referrals or information

To make a referral or for more information, call 410-550-7642 or visit the Ventilator-Dependent Patient Rehabilitation Unit’s website.

Who we are

The program is part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center, a Joint Commission-accredited facility located in Baltimore, Maryland, that offers a range of continuing care services for older adults—including inpatient rehabilitation, ventilator/respiratory care, specialized wound therapy, and complex medical care.