The respiratory department at Electra Memorial Hospital is staffed by licensed respiratory therapists with education, training and experience in all of the services we offer. We perform several different Respiratory procedures as well as diagnostic testing.
- Arterial Blood Gases
- Emergency Services
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Pulmonary Stress Testing
- Pulse Oximetry
- Respiratory Treatments
- Sleep Studies
- Ventilator Management
Arterial Blood Gases
Arterial blood gas is used to determine several parameters in the blood such as PH level, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels along with several other Values.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary Function Test or PFT is a breathing test that measures lung volumes; it is used to diagnose lung problems such as asthma and COPD. It is the most useful tool for receiving early detection of lung disease and proper treatment.
If you are scheduled for a PFT, you should not smoke, eat or take any brochodialtors two hours prior to the test.
Pulmonary Stress Testing
Pulmonary Stress Testing consists of one of two different tests. One test is a pre and post PFT test. Patient will perform a simple spirometry test for baseline results, then be placed on a treadmill unit dyspnea or shortness of breath occurs then the PFT will be repeated following a short rest period. The other test is a six-minute walk test to evaluate oxygen saturation. A baseline oxygen level will be obtained by pulse oximetry then the patient will be asked to walk for six minutes while the oxygen level is monitored.
Respiratory treatments include a variety of modalities including nebulizer treatments, inhalers, aerosol treatments, PEP therapy of flutter, chest percussion and oxygen. These treatments are designed to care for patients with breathing problems such as asthma, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress and COPD including emphysema and bronchitis.
Ventilators area used for the critically ill or trauma patients who need help with breathing.
Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive tool placed on the finger to determine the oxygen level in the blood. It is the fastest and easiest way to determine if a patient is getting enough oxygen.