At Lourdes, we provide total management of patient care involving respiratory system diseases, including treatment and intervention, diagnostic testing and rehabilitation. Our respiratory therapy department specializes in treating respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD, as well as the acute breathing problems associated with traumatic injury, heart attack or stroke. 

Our Staff

Our respiratory therapists ensure that our patients can breathe easy. They are state and nationally certified experts who coordinate with every department of the hospital, managing life support devices, airway management, mechanical ventilation and other aspects of critical care medicine. They also respond to all rapid response calls in the hospital and manage all acuity levels in the ICU.

Among the diagnostic services our Respiratory Therapy Department provides are:

  • Blood gas sampling and analysis
  • Bedside spirometry
  • Inspiratory/expiratory force measurements
  • Non-invasive cardiopulmonary monitoring, including pulse oximetry
  • Pulmonary mechanics and flow monitoring
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Lourdes offers our community the only American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation accredited pulmonary rehabilitation program in the service area. Our certified respiratory therapists provide individually monitored exercise and education sessions for people with chronic lung disease and breathing difficulties. The goals of the program are to teach participants how to decrease symptoms, improve quality of life, increase exercise tolerance and maintain independence with activities of daily living.

A physician referral and pulmonary function test is required prior to enrollment.

Common Conditions Treated

When you suffer from respiratory disease, the key to effective treatment and the best possible outcome starts with the right diagnosis.  We treat a wide range of respiratory conditions, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, and sleep apnea.  Our doctors have extensive experience in diagnosing complicated pulmonary diseases.

Other Conditions We Treat Include:

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Asbestosis 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)  
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis 
  • Lung cancer 
  • Respiratory failure 
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) 
  • Muscular dystrophy

For more information about our respiratory care services, please call (270)-444-2892.