Northwell opens ventilator recovery units at 2 hospitals

New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health opened acute ventilator recovery units at two hospitals to help wean severely ill COVID-19 patients off ventilators and ease their transition to a rehab facility, the health system said June 1. 

Northwell opened a 16-bed unit at Glen Cove (N.Y.) Hospital and an 11-bed unit at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

The units will house recovering COVID-19 patients who've had severe muscle loss due to long-term ventilation. Staff members will provide more individualized care for these patients than traditional rehab facilities, including ventilator-weaning and physical, occupational and speech therapy. 

The goal is to move these patients to a more traditional rehab facility after a few weeks. 

The units are also designed to ease stress for clinicians working in intensive care units and help them return to normal operating conditions.

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