Respiratory Failure & Ventilator Weaning: Dr. Albert Loerinc, MD

Respiratory Failure & Ventilator Weaning: Dr. Albert Loerinc, MD

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When a person is critically ill and cannot breathe on their own, they are placed on a mechanical ventilator. Commonly referred to as “life support,” ventilators breathe for the patient. Weaning a patient from a ventilator is a complex process that has been greatly improved through the use of state-of-the-art technology.

On this episode of Continuum, Dr. Albert Loerinc, a pulmonologist and Vibra Healthcare’s National LTAC Medical Advisor, joins us to discuss respiratory failure and ventilator weaning. Dr. Loerinc is double board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Loerinc explains what a pulmonologist does and the role of a long-term acute care hospital in weaning a patient off a ventilator. He reviews how technology has progressed from iron lungs to modern ventilators, including a state-of-the-art piece of technology called volumetric capnography.

Resources

Vibra Healthcare's Pulmonary Disease Programs

What is Volumetric Capnography?

Volume Capnography in the Intensive Care Unit: Potential Clinical Applications

American College of Chest Physicians

American Thoracic Society

Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Massachusetts

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  • Deb McCormack Caprio

    Great to know you continue to educate and treat. Your an amazing Doctor. I learned so much from my 18 years working at Vibra with you at the helm of the pulmonary Department. Thank you