Respiratory Care is a healthcare occupation composed of practitioners who, under the direction of a physician, are trained to actively participate in the care of patients, especially the monitoring and treatment of the cardiopulmonary system. Respiratory care practitioners work with patients of all ages in all areas of the hospital and are qualified to perform intensive, critical care and pediatric procedures. They serve a very important role in the hospital's emergency lifesaving response team.
Respiratory care practitioners perform procedures that are both diagnostic and therapeutic. They see patients with chronic lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, as well as patients who have had heart attacks, lung cancer, and accident victims.
Services for Patients
For most people, breathing is second nature. But for those who suffer from breathing problems caused by injury or illnesses such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, each breath can be a major accomplishment.
Fleming County Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Department offers inpatient and outpatient services to diagnose and treat breathing disorders and to help you breathe easier. The department is staffed around the clock by registered and certified respiratory therapists and provides a broad range of services, including:
- Mechanical ventilation, including non-invasive and conventional;
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP);
- Bi-Level positive airway pressure (Bi-PAP);
- Airway management
- Delivery of aerosolized medications;
- Bronchopulmonary hygiene;
- Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis;
- Electrocardiogram (EKG);
- Holter Monitoring (24-48 hours);
- Oxygen therapy;
- Patient Education
- Smoking cessation education
- Complete Pulmonary Function Testing
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Holter Monitoring (24-48 hrs.)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis
The department's arterial blood gas laboratory is certified by the College of American Pathologists
- Cardiac Stress Testing
- Performed in conjunction with the Diagnostic Imaging Department
Outpatient testing is performed in the Cardiopulmonary department from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing includes cardiac stress testing, EKG, Holter monitoring, EEG, Pulmonary function testing, and Arterial blood gas sampling.
For more information about the Cardiopulmonary Department, call (606) 849-5270.