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Our Continued Certification in Respiratory Failure

Certified in Respiratory Failure

Utah Valley Specialty Hospital is the first hospital in Utah to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Respiratory Failure. We are proud to be a “Center of Excellence” for all respiratory failure patients, including those who require prolonged ventilator management and weaning.

Respiratory failure occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen passing from the lungs into the body’s blood stream to help the body’s organs – such as the heart and brain – function properly. We treat numerous medical, surgical, or traumatic conditions that can potentially result in respiratory failure, including:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Other medical or surgical complications that require prolonged mechanical ventilation
  • Interstitial lung disease and other pulmonary diseases that require high-flow oxygen
  • Conditions that affect the nerves and muscles that control breathing such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, and muscular dystrophy

To achieve the best possible results for our patients, we utilize best practices and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. These include:

  • Prolonged mechanical ventilation
  • Mechanical ventilation weaning
  • Nutrition
  • Positioning
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ASPEN 2018 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference

Registered dietitians Anne Woodbury, of Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, and Jill Marshall, of Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, recently were selected to present a poster on an initiative regarding how nutrition affect patients on ventilators at the national ASPEN 2018 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference in Las Vegas.

Titled “Nutrition Administration and Ventilator Weaning in Long-Term Acute Care,” the abstract also was published in the January 2018 Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition supplement.

These dietitians have been working on data collections and how nutrition promotes successful ventilator weaning.

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