Ventilator Weaning

Ventilator Weaning

Ventilator careRML’s Ventilator Weaning Program gives hope to those who depend on a machine to breathe.

The care of ventilator-dependent patients has been a primary focus of RML Specialty Hospital since 1987. RML continues to make advancements in ventilator weaning and treats more ventilator patients than any other long-term acute care hospital in the nation.


The type of respiratory conditions RML treats include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Pneumonia
  • Influenza
  • West Nile virus

Our dedicated team of board-certified pulmonologists work with registered nurses, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists and clinical dietitians to rebuild patient strength and stamina.

Patients move at their own pace through a weaning process that includes rebuilding confidence and courage. Psychologists work with the respiratory care team to provide holistic treatment, preparing patients to breathe independently when they are physically and mentally ready. For patients, this translates to less pain physically and emotionally, as well as superior clinical outcomes.

The future holds much promise for ventilator weaning. RML contributes to clinical research studies that pave the way for improvements in respiratory health. The studies explore quality of life issues, long-term outcomes, and patient anxiety levels as factors in successful weaning.