At OMC, a registered respiratory therapist provides care for hospitalized patients who need assistance with their breathing. Respiratory therapists often collaborate with specialists in pulmonary medicine, cardiology, and anesthesiology.
The goal of respiratory therapy is to establish an airway or improve breathing mechanics when the airway is obstructed, or lung function is compromised.
Equipment and techniques used in respiratory therapy include:
- non-invasive ventilation, including biphasic positive airway pressure (BIPAP)
- continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
- nebulizer treatments.
In addition to breathing assistance following surgery, conditions for which hospitalized patients might require respiratory therapy include:
- respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
The respiratory therapist also provides:
- education about breathing techniques
- nebulizer and inhaler education for at-home use
- tobacco cessation counseling.
Hospitalized patients are usually identified for respiratory therapy by their surgeon, physician, or nurse. However, if you have a pre-existing condition that affects your breathing or would like to discuss tobacco cessation during your stay at OMC Hospital, just let your caregiver know!
Interested in learning more about respiratory therapy services offered by Olmsted Medical Center? Talk with your primary healthcare provider or use our Contact Us form.