I had a patient the other day who was admitted with aspiration pneumonia and had to be intubated. After several days on the vent she was weaned and that is when it became evident that her airway was swollen from the intubation. She was reintubated and put back on SIMV w/CPAP. Her x-rays now show that the infiltrates have cleared, breath sounds good, O2sat good. BP and C. diff infection being treated. ESRD. She got a trach after having the ET tube for 2 wks. I'm basically wondering if anyone has an idea of what the plan for this patient would be (recovery time, d/c planning, etc). Obviously her airway has to heal, but I'm just learning about mech. ventilation and trying to get an idea of what the care for this patient would consist of until then. I know RT does a lot. Thanks for any comments/opinions.