Inpatient Pulmonary Care

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Inpatient Pulmonary Care

Our Approach to Care

When you’re admitted to Gaylord’s Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, your care begins with a comprehensive assessment of your condition. Our goal is to provide you with the skills and understanding that lead to greater independence and self-care at home. Our team will work with you to establish a baseline of abilities and develop individualized, attainable goals. For example, your program might include a plan that helps you relearn how to breathe, a schedule for physical conditioning and detailed education about your condition.

As a patient, you’ll have a team of specialists working on your behalf including pulmonologists, hospitalists, respiratory therapists, nurses with specialized training, physical, occupational and speech therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, therapeutic recreation specialists, and care managers. Your Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation may be followed by Outpatient Rehabilitation. 

Pulmonary Program Overview

Gaylord's Pulmonary Program is designed to help patients dealing with a variety of pulmonary issues including weaning from a ventilator, end-stage lung disease, serious pneumonia, and pulmonary insufficiency. Often patients come to us needing to be weaned from a ventilator and dealing with a tracheostomy. This video provides a comprehensive overview from admission through discharge.

Using the Passy-Muir® Valve

The Passy-Muir® Tracheostomy & Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valve is a simple medical device used by tracheostomy and ventilator patients. When placed on the hub of the tracheostomy tube or in-line with the ventilator circuit, the Passy-Muir Valve redirects air flow through the vocal folds, mouth and nose enabling voice and improved communication.

For more information on the Passy-Muir Valve

Program Highlights

Depending on your specific needs, your program of care may include:

  • Ventilator management and weaning
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Oxygen management (including high-flow modalities and pulse oximetry)
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and education
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Passy-Muir Valve (this valve can be essential in helping to restore speech)
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Exercise tolerance studies
  • Sleep testing 
  • Vent Rounds Team: Research has shown that implementing a Vent Rounds Team improves recovery by speeding up the ventilator weaning process, improving the quality and safety of patient care, ensuring early patient mobility, and supporting early communication. Because of this research our patients benefit from our Vent Rounds Team which includes pulmonologists, hospitalists, respiratory therapists, speech pathologists, registered nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and physical therapists. The Team coordinates all care for our patients who are dependent on a ventilator.  

Centers of Excellence


Inpatient Admissions: (203) 284-2810

Inpatient Fax: (203) 294-8701

Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation: (203) 741-3351

Vent Weaning Program: (203) 741-3364