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Respiratory Care Services

As a respiratory patient at the Loyola University Medical Center, you will receive the very best in respiratory care services. We have received the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) designation, and meet the strictest safety and quality standards related to the provision of respiratory care services by qualified respiratory care practitioners.

Loyola encompasses one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the city of Chicago and holds the record for the highest level of patient acuity in the state of Illinois. Loyola hospital is designated by the state of Illinois as a Level I Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients. The Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola is a 98-bed hospital within a hospital that includes:

  • A 50-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • A 14-bed pediatric intensive care unit designed with the latest technology and family amenities
  • 34 pediatric beds (14 monitored and 20 general)

At Loyola, you’ll find an incredible team of healthcare professionals who see past routine answers to achieve excellent results for our patients.

With an average of 40 ventilated patients a day across 10 intensive care units, our respiratory care practitioners accompany physician-led teams on rounds evaluating the patients. Practitioners perform respiratory procedures that include patient-driven protocols, rapid response, ventilator management, high-frequency oscillatory ventilation, heliox and nitric oxide administration, diagnostic testing and ECMO.

Our respiratory care practitioners treat a wide variety of acute and chronic respiratory conditions and help countless patients – from preterm infants to the elderly – breathe easier every day.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Airway obstruction
  • Asthma
  • Auto immune diseases
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • COPD (bronchitis and emphysema)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Inhalation injuries
  • Oncology Transplant program (including heart, lung, liver and kidney)
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary emboli
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)
  • Respiratory failure
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Vocal cord dysfunction