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Podcast Discusses Role of Respiratory Therapy in Rehabilitation Process

Respiratory therapist Kelley Taylor speaks with Shepherd Center Radio

When a patient has a spinal cord injury, depending on the level of injury, breathing can become the most important issue they and their family are facing. When a patient has limited use of their diaphragm, respiratory therapists assist through ventilator management or coughing assistance. Respiratory therapists keep the patient breathing and get them breathing on their own before physical recovery can begin.

In a new Shepherd Center Radio podcast, Shepherd Center respiratory therapist Kelley Taylor speaks with about the role of respiratory therapy in the rehabilitation process.

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Kelley Taylor has been a respiratory therapist for 17 years, the past nine at Shepherd Center. Her respiratory therapy team frequently provides some of the most urgent initial care to patients.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.