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Respiratory Services

Respiratory care practitioners work to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.


  • Obtain 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)


  • Utilizing 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