The Respiratory Therapy Department helps patients breathe easier using treatments to preserve or improve the pulmonary or lung function of the patient. Respiratory Therapy provides treatment for emphysema, croup, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, atelectasis and chest traumas. Staff treats inpatients and outpatients of all ages, from infants to seniors.
Respiratory Therapists are a vital part of the lifesaving response teams in the Emergency Room and the Intensive Care Unit. Therapists help to establish and maintain airways, and operate patient respiratory equipment.
Respiratory Therapy Staff
Respiratory Therapists are registered by the National Board of Respiratory Care and are licensed by the State of Ohio. Many also maintain certifications in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
Diagnostics tests include all procedures ordered by the patient's physician.
- Pulmonary Function testing studies how much air the lungs can handle as well as how fast air moves in and out of the lungs. This study is used in the detection of disorders such as asthma.
- Arterial blood gas testing determines the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood as well as the acidity of the blood. This is vital in determining a patient's respiratory problem. The Blood Gas Lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (C.A.P.).
The department also partners with the Neurology Department for the Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders Lab.
Patient therapies include aerosol treatments, metered dose inhalers, chest physiotherapy, incentive spirometry, oxygen administration and mechanical ventilation. The Respiratory Therapy Department is located on the first floor of the Main Hospital. Most diagnostic evaluations are performed Monday through Saturday on a scheduled basis.
For more information about the Respiratory Therapy Department call 330.721.5030.