The respiratory therapy professionals of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's Home Respiratory Care offer a continuum of care from the time of hospital discharge to home.
We work closely with physicians, respiratory therapists and discharge planners to develop an individualized plan of care that fits your needs and your lifestyle. Our friendly team of Respiratory Therapists provides professional evaluation, clear equipment instructions, and ongoing support to ensure your treatment and equipment is working as planned.
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's Respiratory Care team is involved with every aspect of pulmonary diagnostics and treatment for infants through geriatric patients. We provide life support to those with acute lung injury as well as maintenance therapy for those with chronic pulmonary disease.
Registered and certified respiratory therapists use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to manage breathing for emergency/trauma patients, asthma sufferers, those with chronic lung disease, newborns with underdeveloped lungs, and critical care patients requiring ventilator support. Our goal is to educate and help patients understand what they can do to maintain their greatest level of lung health.
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's Respiratory Care team consists of registered and certified respiratory therapists, a director of respiratory care and respiratory care supervisors ensuring optimal respiratory management and treatment. A Medical Director, guides all aspects of care. Respiratory therapy is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The respiratory care team works closely with the hospital's emergency department, critical care department and general nursing floors to ensure a dedicated team approach to healthcare.
Family involvement and support are vital to successfully adapting to life with a pulmonary disease. We educate patients and families on all aspects of care to ensure a higher quality of life.
Cardiopulmonary care is the provision of diagnostic and/or therapeutic treatment for patients with suspected or pulmonary insufficiency for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes which improve a patient's quality of life. These outcomes eliminate or reduce disease process, prevent a disease or symptomatology, and establish a diagnosis. Cardiopulmonary care is integrated with other disciplines to achieve appropriate therapeutic outcomes. These outcomes should benefit the patient, be cost effective, and improve the quality of life for the patient and their loved ones.
The type of care provided involves a variety of therapeutic modalities. Respiratory care involves a process through which a licensed respiratory care practitioner cooperates with the physician, patient, and other health care team members in designing, implementing, and monitoring a therapeutic plan which will produce specific therapeutic outcomes for the patient.
Respiratory care is provided to all ages of patients, infant through geriatric, who may require appropriate delivery of therapeutic care. This would include a wide range of diagnoses in which there exists a related pulmonary complication. Tobacco cessation is offered through the Cardiopulmonary Department.
Performing pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive diagnostic tests that provide measurable feedback about the function of the lungs. By assessing lung volumes, capacities, rates of flow, and gas exchange, PFTs provide information that, when evaluated by your doctor, can help diagnosis certain lung disorders. Pulmonary Function tests are noninvasive. These tests can be provided to inpatients as well as outpatients.
The Cardiopulmonary department is staffed and open for services 24 hours per day, seven days a week. A patient account representative is available Monday- Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm.