Linde North America has acquired Respiratory Support Services, a leader in delivering post-acute respiratory care in the US.

Respiratory Support Services (RSS), headquartered in Livingston, Tennessee, provides respiratory care services and equipment in a variety of settings, including sub-acute ventilator care, skilled nursing facilities and patient homes.

Under the terms of the acquisition, RSS management staff and employees will join LifeGas (the medical division of Linde North America), but the acquired company will operate as Linde RSS LLC.

The deal also enables Linde to introduce its innovative global REMEO programme to the US market. REMEO, which is the Latin term for ‘I return home’, attempts to bridge the gap between the hospital intensive care unit and the patient’s home, to provide ventilation patients with an unprecedented continuum of care.

Explaining the deal and the benefits its brings for the company, LifeGas President Mike Walsh commented, “Adding RSS’s advanced patient care capabilities enables Linde to offer a more complete product and service line in the US. This acquisition means more patients can benefit from RSS’ innovative approach to caring for high acuity respiratory patients, whether they are ventilated in skilled nursing facilities or in their own homes.”

Kenth Drott, Director of Sales, Marketing & CRM for LifeGas, also said, “RSS’ respiratory therapists take a proactive approach that mirrors our own, and they have an impressive track record in weaning patients. Our ultimate goal is to send the patient home without a ventilator. Should that not be possible, we can offer long term ventilator care in our REMEO Centres or in the patients’ homes.”

RSS has been a leader in continually reviewing and improving the clinical quality standards for caring for ventilated patients. These higher standards have been adopted by the state of Tennessee and are now under consideration nationally.

Gene Gantt, CEO of RSS enthused, “Our team is very excited to join Linde in this global initiative. Linde has demonstrated a strong commitment to the highest quality care across the globe and we look forward to working with them on the US expansion.”