The Respiratory Care Services Department provides:
In general (non-critical care) and intensive (critical care) respiratory care intervention for all patient care areas within the hospital, both inpatient/outpatient, and via maternal or neonatal transport.
All services are provided using the professional practice model of assessment, plan, intervention and evaluation based on the (AARC) American Association of Respiratory Care’s Clinical Practice Guidelines. Findings are communicated in the patient record, to the physician and responsible nurse. The Respiratory Care Services Department, located on 4 Waldemere Tower, includes a Pulmonary Function Lab, a Pulmonary Stress Lab, the Hyperbaric Medicine Department, and a separate negative pressure procedure room for diagnostic and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient procedures. The Respiratory Care Bronchoscopy Suite is located in the Respiratory Care/Endoscopy, out-patients are admitted and discharged from the Endoscopy Area.
The Respiratory Care Services Department operates a comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. The Program provides education, exercise conditioning breathing retraining; with emphasis on medication administration, nutrition, coping, and self-management skills to improve the quality of life of this community’s chronic pulmonary patients.