Pulmonary Care

Some illnesses make breathing more difficult, and your loved one may need a ventilator or respiratory therapy to help him or her breathe easier. For many, each breath is an effort, often causing anxiety, which results in further shortness of breath, increased heart rate, muscle tension and even feelings of panic. This can negatively impact all aspects of life. 

Our goal is to help your loved one regain independence by breathing without assistive devices.  

More than 30 years ago, we pioneered the first hospitals in the nation to specialize in pulmonary treatment, so you can feel confident when your loved one is under our care. Today, our expertise continues to be pulmonary disease management and providing quality treatment based on the latest protocols. 

Our pulmonary care is focused on care for two types of patients, those requiring:

Common conditions our pulmonary care services treat are:

Obstructive diseases

  • COPD (including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency)
  • Persistent asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiolitis obliterans
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema

Restrictive diseases

  • Interstitial diseases
  • Interstitial fibrosis
  • Occupational or environmental lung disease
  • Sarcoidosis

Chest wall diseases

  • Kyphoscoliosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Neuromuscular disease

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Diaphragmatic dysfunction
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-tuberculosis syndrome

Other conditions

  • Primary pulmonary hypertension
  • Pre- and post-thoracic and abdominal surgery
  • Pre- and post-lung transplantation
  • Pre- and post-lung volume reduction surgery
  • Obesity-related respiratory disease

The team addresses mobilization and rehabilitation; pulmonary hygiene and suctioning; nutrition and medication; and family education and participation.

Team members may include: 

  • Pulmonologists
  • Nurses
  • Therapists (physical, occupational, respiratory and speech language)
  • Wound care specialists
  • Nutritionists
  • Social workers
  • Case managers and other staff members

Nationally Recognized Excellence

Kindred Hospital Los Angeles was recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) with the Association’s Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) in 2016.

Hospitals receiving the designation must meet strict safety and quality standards related to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory therapists.

Requirements include:

  • All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.
  • Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day.
  • Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
  • Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted are defined by policy.
  • A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
  • Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory therapy department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.