Respiratory therapy is used in the diagnosis, treatment, management and
care of a patient with cardiopulmonary problems and breathing problems
involving lung disease. Some of these diseases include asthma,
pneumonia, emphysema, COPD and chronic bronchitis. Many treatments or
therapies can improve breathing for these patients. Many problems are
treatable on an outpatient basis. A number of therapies are offered
including volume therapy (incentive spirometry), aerosol therapy (nebulizer
treatment, meter dose inhalers), pulmonary hygiene (chest physiotherapy,
suctioning), pulse oximetry, oxygen therapy and evaluation for home
oxygen. Electrocardiogram (EKG), pulmonary function testing, stress
testing, Holter and Event monitoring are all available to provide high
quality care and diagnoses.
Respiratory Therapy works closely with other
departments in the hospital to coordinate patient care. Washington
County Hospital respiratory therapy staff have experience in all aspects of
practice from pediatrics to geriatrics, and are ready to provide
testing, treatment and education to patients and their families.
Respiratory therapists work under the direction of physicians and follow their
prescriptions for treating patients. A physician’s order is required.
For more information, call (618) 327-2336 or (618) 327-8236.