The type of treatment critical care patients receive depends on their individual needs. The critical care team works together to evaluate patients and provide care. At the Temple Lung Center, we treat advanced respiratory failure that sometimes cannot be handled in other intensive care units. Some of the unique treatments offered include:
- Prone bed: involves a rotating bed that can put patients in prone position (body lying face down), which has been proven to improve outcomes if it’s used early on in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
- ECMO: extracorporeal membrane oxygenation involves inserting tubes, called cannulas, into blood vessels near the heart and pumping blood out of the body through an artificial lung, and then back into the body. The artificial lung performs the function of normal lungs in the body, adding oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. Also, if needed, this machine can provide help to the heart to keep the blood pressure on an adequate level.
- Lung transplant: We are a high volume lung transplant center and some of our ICU patients with respiratory failure get evaluated for lung transplant.