Barlow Outcomes Book 2017

Dear Colleague, Barlow Respiratory Hospital is proud to present its first Outcomes book. This inaugural publication highlights our unique role in the continuum of adult acute respiratory care, with a focus on patient outcomes. As the only not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital in California, we are committed to preserving access to continued intensive care of the highest quality for chronically critically ill and medically complex patients. As pioneers in the care of the chronically critically ill, Barlow Respiratory Hospital has treated and liberated more patients from prolonged mechanical ventilation than any other hospital in the nation. This high volume has helped us build expertise and develop innovative approaches to treat ventilator-dependent patients, most notably our published TIPS © weaning protocol. Outcomes of care go beyond basic questions of treatments, timeframes, and survival. There is no doubt in our minds that for a ventilator-dependent patient, the ability to breathe on their own is the most important outcome for them. For any medical condition, no single outcome captures the results of care. For many conditions that we treat here at Barlow, we continue to work on defining a set of comprehensive outcomes and look to organizations like the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) for inspiration and guidance. Improving outcomes and value for patients is best accomplished with all parties (patients and their families, the healthcare team, and payers) focused on the needs of the patient. Our commitment to value and transparent reporting of accurate, timely information about patient care reflects Barlow Respiratory Hospital’s culture of continuous improvement and is designed to help referring physicians, patients, and families make informed decisions. We hope you find this information valuable. We welcome your feedback, questions, and ideas for collaboration. Please contact us at Sincerely, Amit Mohan, PhD, FACHE, FACMPE President & Chief Executive Officer Barlow Respiratory Hospital David R. Nelson, MD Medical Director Barlow Respiratory Hospital