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Lung Health Services by the Numbers


-15 Million-

That’s the number of Americans who report they have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Source: CDC


2 BREATHE (To Be Resilient Each Time After a Hospital Event) is a new program at El Camino Hospital. It connects hospitalized COPD and asthma patients with a respiratory care specialist who develops individualized treatment plans, assists in discharge planning, monitors patients following discharge and provides patient education. For more information, call 650-962-5813.


According to clinical trials, that’s the reduction in asthma-related emergency room visits for severe asthma patients who were treated with an innovative, minimally invasive treatment called bronchial thermoplasty (BT). Source: El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is the designated West Coast training center for physicians in BT, an FDA–approved catheter-based treatment that uses thermal energy to reduce excessive smooth muscle that constricts the patient’s airway. For more information, please call 650-962-5813.

-28 Weeks-

Nearly all babies born before 28 weeks’ gestation develop respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), a lung condition that makes breathing difficult. Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at El Camino Hospital are staffed by specially trained respiratory therapists who provide a range of RDS treatments, including ventilators, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines and nitric oxide therapy. For more info about the NICU, call 650-940-7163.

This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 edition of the El Camino Hospital Health Beat magazine.

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