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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 provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, multiple amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals for rehabilitation and the best in the Southeast, Shepherd Center treats more than 850 inpatients and 7,600 outpatients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.