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Respiratory Care Services

Sarasota Memorial’s multi-disciplinary respiratory care team provides a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with lung disease, injuries and breathing disorders.

Severe Pulmonary Disease

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may experience periods when the symptoms are much worse; this is called acute exacerbation. Preventing an exacerbation saves the lungs from further damage and can help each person live a healthier, longer life.

Severe pulmonary-disease symptoms that may require emergency care include:

  • Having a hard time catching your breath or talking
  • Lips or fingernails turning blue or gray
  • Heartbeat is very fast
  • People around notice mental changes
  • The recommended treatment for your symptoms is not working.

Click here to learn how Sarasota Memorial's Outpatient Lung Health Clinic aims to empower and help lung-disease sufferers to breathe better, improve quality of life and avoid unnecessary ER visits and hospital stays.

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Directed by Sarasota Memorial’s Pulmonary Council – made up of a local group of board-certified pulmonologists – our respiratory care team includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Cardiopulmonary therapists
  • Physical, occupational and speech language therapists
  • Case managers and social workers

The Respiratory Care team treats adult and pediatric patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis, administering therapeutic medical gases and medications and managing assistive devices and mechanisms to maintain vital airways. The team also provides around-the-clock care for critically ill and premature newborns in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and patients in our ER and Trauma Center.

Treating Patients with Airway Complications

Our highly-skilled physicians have extensive experience in assessing and treating airway disease and pulmonary disorders. Sarasota Memorial’s diagnostic and interventional bronchoscopy program offers a full range of minimally invasive endoscopic services, from endobronchial ultrasound, navigational bronchoscopy and brachytherapy to diagnose, stage and treat lung cancer, to bronchial thermoplasty for people whose asthma cannot be controlled by medication.

For general information about Respiratory Services at Sarasota Memorial, call (941) 917-1850.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Sarasota Memorial also offers ongoing education and a comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation program for patients with chronic lung disease or who have had a recent lung surgery or injury. Through education and exercise techniques, pulmonary rehabilitation therapists provide individualized training to promote strength and endurance and alleviate respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea and fatigue.

Program Admission: Medicare and secondary insurances generally cover all or a portion of the costs. Our staff can help with insurance questions and physician referrals. Call 941-917-6139 (Sarasota) or 941-257-2850 (North Port).