Respiratory care therapists provide services to patients with cardiopulmonary system abnormalities. They assist under the direction of a licensed physician and as part of a health care team.
Inpatient services are provided in all hospital areas. This includes the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and the general patient units for newborn, pediatric and adult patients. Inpatient Respiratory Care and Neonatal Transport services are provided on a 24-hour basis.
The Respiratory Outpatient Services Department provides services for complete Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT). This includes Spirometry, how well air can flow in and out of a person's lungs; DLCO, the ability of a patient’s lungs to transfer gases; and Lung Volume Testing.
Other outpatient testing services are EEG's, Arterial blood gases, Outpatient EKG's, overnight home sleep oximetry, and treadmill stress tests — including exercise, exercise with nuclear medicine, Lexiscan, and Dobutamine.
Trained and licensed respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day to assist the nursing staff and physicians in assessing and providing therapy for inpatient respiratory problems.