The Center for Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation Alternatives and Pulmonary Rehabilitation was established in 1992. In consists of physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to the care of patients with neuromuscular weakness and respiratory impairment from any cause.
The center's physicians have:
And, with the use of inspiratory and expiratory muscle aids, they perform surgery on patients with little or no respiratory muscle function with minimal risk of respiratory complications and no need to resort to tracheostomy.
The center's anesthesiologists and intensive care physicians (Drs. Baird, Navado, Katz, Davidson, Gbayismore) permit patients to undergo general anesthesia or require intensive care with little of any risk of prolonged respiratory failure or need to resort to tracheostomy. This is in large part because noninvasive inspiratory and expiratory aids like the Cough-Assist™ are used in all of the hospital's intensive care units by its specifically trained and skilled respiratory therapists and nurses.
The center has removed over 100 tracheostomy tubes from ventilator users with absolutely no ability to breathe and taught many of them, even those with little or no respiratory muscle function, how to breathe without ventilators.
The Center is instituting an annual course on The Evaluation and Management of Patients with Neuromuscular Disease.
The First Annual Training Course will be held May 18th and 19th, 2002, at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey. There will be morning lectures, afternoon workshops, and all patients attending the course will have the option of being evaluated by the physicians and therapists of the course's faculty.
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John R. Bach MD
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