Cindy Tew, Ernest Health’s Director of Clinical Programs and Resources, has been selected to present at the 2017 American Association for Respiratory Care Congress. At this event, Tew will present an Ernest Health initiative in nutrition management and administration for patients being weaned from ventilators in its long-term acute care hospitals.
The initiative, which won the 2017 Quality Achievement Award from the National Association of Long Term Hospitals, explored specific nutritional indicators that could be tracked that might influence ventilator weaning. In particular, the initiative focused on finding if the level of protein provided to a ventilated patient had any effect on the success of weaning the patient off the ventilator.
The project was initiated by Tew and Anne Woodbury, registered dietitian nutritionist at Utah Valley Specialty Hospital, a member of Ernest Health.