Diagnosis

 
  • Obtaining sputum samples

  • Perform Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) to determine lung function/impairment

  • Study disorders of people with disruptive sleep patterns like Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Treatment

 
  • Operating and maintaining various types of highly sophisticated equipment to administer oxygen or to assist with breathing

  • Employing mechanical ventilation in treating patients who cannot breathe adequately on their own

  • Monitoring and managing therapy that will help a patient recover lung function

  • Administering medications in aerosol form to help alleviate breathing problems and to help prevent respiratory infections

  • Maintaining a patient’s artificial airway, one that may be in place to help the patient who can’t breathe through normal means

  • Educating the patient about their disease process and treatments their physician has prescribed