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) 327-8236.