Gaylord Hospital
Vapotherm Center of Excellence

Gaylord Hospital is a 137 bed Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) located in Wallingford, CT. Founded as a tuberculosis sanatorium in 1902, Gaylord has become one of the premier New England long-term care facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of medically complex patients

In 2014, Vapotherm designated Gaylord Hospital as its first Center of Excellence. Gaylord is a pioneer in the use of heated humidification to improve patient outcomes.

Pulmonary Program

Dedicated Pulmonary Program

Gaylord has an extensive pulmonary program which includes inpatient pulmonary care, ventilator weaning and outpatient rehabilitation.

Thirty percent of the patients that Gaylord receives are on a ventilator and/or have a tracheostomy. One of Gaylord's primary outcome objectives is to liberate these patients from the vent. Typically, this is done by gradually shifting more of the breathing workload from the ventilator to the patient.

One of the main exercises in this process is taking the patient off the ventilator for increasing periods each day. During this time, humidified, oxygenated breathing gas continues to be delivered to the patient through a tracheostomy collar/mask.

Historical Approach

Historical Approach to Humidification

Historically, Gaylord had followed industry practice of using cold aerosol mist to provide humidification.

Returning Patients to Highest Level of Function

Gaylord immediately saw thinner patient secretions, eliminating all tracheostomy tube plugging. They also began to experience improved patient outcomes. The improved patient outcomes corresponded with improved hospital efficiencies and financial results, including exceeding the organization’s financial goals.

Decannulation
Changing Practice

Challenging the Status Quo

At the end of 2012, unsatisfied with cool mist's ability to mobilize secretions, Gaylord turned to the Vapotherm Precision Flow. The Precision Flow delivers gas at body temperature and humidity, which is important since the body's natural humidifier, the nose, is bypassed with tracheostomy patients.

Listen to the Gaylord staff talk about how they implemented Vapotherm.

Treatment Goals

Treatment Goals

Gaylord treats each patient individually, but with the main goal to return them to their highest level of function.

Hear first hand how they accomplish this goal.

Developing Protocols
Decannuation

Developing Specific Protocols

To ensure that Vapotherm was used as standard of care, Gaylord developed protocols for Ventilator Weaning and Decannulation that specifies how to use Vapotherm during each of these processes.

Gaylord presented their Decannulation Protocol at the 2014 American Thoracic Society Conference.

To request a copy of Gaylord's protocols, click here.

Other Applications

Other Applications

In addition to ventilator weaning and decantation, Gaylord uses Vapotherm as part of their mobilization protocol, for pulmonary rehabilitation and Hi-VNI respiratory support.

Pulmonary Rehab
Early Mobilization

Early Mobilization

Gaylord creates a mobility plan for each of their patients. Part of this protocol includes using the Vapotherm Transfer Unit.

See how easy it is for patients to get moving

Trach Ambulation
Nasal Cannula Support

Nasal Cannula Support

Gaylord also uses Vapotherm for their high flow nasal cannula needs for patients in acute respiratory distress, intolerant to bi-level or under palliative/hospice care.

Interested in learning more about how Gaylord Hospital implemented Vapotherm?