To the Path of Healing

EM was admitted to BridgePoint Hospital Capitol Hill’s Long Term Acute Care facility on November 16, 2015 after a prolonged hospitalization at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where her course of treatment entailed thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair and lumbar drain placement. Secondary to her treatment, she suffered from acute respiratory failure and sustained general body deconditioning due to continuous inactivity. Upon admission to BridgePoint Capitol Hill she was in need of ventilator weaning and trach care, antibiotic therapy, hemodialysis, nutritional therapy, wound care, rehabilitation, and assistance with ADLs.

The Journey

EM was cared for by our specialized Interdisciplinary Team that consisted of a Critical Care Physician, a Pulmonologist, Respiratory Therapist, and the Wound Care team. In addition, she received treatment from Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists who focused on her overall well-being and rehabilitation. She tolerated continuous weaning for 5 days and was eventually decannulated. During the course of her therapy, she gradually went from supine state to being able to sit with assistance.

Achieved Functional Independence

With the help of therapeutic interventions, EM achieved modified independence and was able to ambulate 300 ft. with a rolling walker. She was discharged home to be with her family walking, talking and eating!

Wean Start Date: 11.17.15
Liberation Date: 11.22.15
Decannulation: 11.30.15
EM was decannulated within 13 days of wean start date. The efforts of the interdisciplinary team were successful in getting her off the ventilator within 5 days.


Admitting Diagnosis: Respiratory failure on Ventilator with generalized deconditioning

Admission Date: 11.16.2015
Discharge Date: 12.23.2015
Discharge Location: Home