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RESPIRATORY CARE AND NEURODIAGNOSTIC SERVICES
Our Respiratory Care practitioners and Electroneurodiagnostic technologists are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform the therapeutic, diagnostic evaluation and education of the patient and family.
Therapy includes medical gas administration, mechanical ventilator support, artificial airway care, bronchopulmonary hygiene, pharmacological agent administration, and hemodynamic cardiovascular support. Our focus on patient and family education activities is to promote knowledge of disease process, medical therapy and self-help. Diagnostic activities include obtaining and analyzing physiological specimens, performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system, and performing neurophysiological studies.
Most people take breathing for granted, it's second nature, an involuntary reflex. But for thousands of patients who suffer from breathing problems, each breath is a major accomplishment. These include not only patients with chronic lung problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, but also heart attack and accident victims, premature infants and patients with cystic fibrosis and lung cancer. In each case, the patient will most likely receive treatment from a respiratory therapist under the direction of a physician. Respiratory therapists work to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders.