Respiratory therapy provides both inpatient and outpatient services for a variety of patients of all ages with emphysema, asthma, COPD, farmer's lung, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chronic bronchitis, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) and other diseases that affect breathing. Respiratory therapists at Prairie Lakes are available 24/7.
Therapies may include:
- Pulmonary Function Tests
- Oxygen evaluation
- Arterial blood gases (ABG)
- An ABG test is used to check how well your lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood.
- Nebulizer treatments
- A non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Both machine types deliver pressurized air through a mask to the patient's airways.
- Ventilator Support
Respiratory therapists are also involved in the Pulmonary Rehab program. Pulmonary Rehab is meant for patients with a chronic lung disorder. It is personalized program of education and exercise that can help patients return to a higher degree of physiological and psychological function. Read more