The Respiratory Care Department serves acute inpatients and outpatients under qualified medical direction. Respiratory care services are provided to patients with cardiopulmonary system disorders. These services include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring, education and rehabilitation. The department offers respiratory care services 24 hours a day to patients of all ages.
Diagnostic services include obtaining and analyzing physiologic specimens and performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system.
Therapy includes application and monitoring of oxygen, mechanical ventilatory support, artificial airway care, bronchopulmonary hygiene, introduction of pharmacologic agents related to respiratory care procedures, and pulmonary rehabilitation.
All services are provided in accordance with physician orders, including therapist-driven protocols.
All individuals who provide diagnostic or therapeutic services have appropriate qualifications and training. Practitioners and staff include board certified pulmonologists, an administrative/technical director, registered respiratory therapists, certified respiratory therapists, and clerical support.
Services are provided on all general floors, all intensive care areas, in the Respiratory Care department, and in the Cardiology department.