Services and Procedures
Respiratory Care at Atrium Medical Center (Atrium) is committed to improving patients’ quality of life by helping them breathe better. Atrium Respiratory Care provides evaluation, treatment, management and care for patients with breathing problems caused by a number of conditions.
Our respiratory therapists often function as preceptors for area nursing and respiratory care programs offering practical experience, training to students and unique experiences for clinical education. Therapists provide the following services:
Diagnostic Care – The registered pulmonary function technologist guides you through a series of breathing tests. These tests are given to our pulmonologists, who evaluate the results and provide a diagnosis for your doctor. Your primary care physician may require further treatment. Respiratory therapists may also assist in endoscopy, surgical or imaging procedures if necessary.
Emergency Care – The respiratory therapist is responsible for the emergency airway management, breathing treatments and mechanical ventilation in the Emergency and Trauma Center. The respiratory therapist provides professional evaluation and treatment in consultation with your Emergency Department team.
Acute Care – In the acute care areas, respiratory therapists evaluate and initiate oxygen therapy, secretion removal and medicated aerosols based on physician order. The therapist works with you to help you understand your breathing medicines and therapies.
Critical Care – Respiratory therapists work with the critical care team to stabilize and support breathing using advanced mechanical ventilators and specialty techniques. Therapists wean you from breathing support and help you clear secretions using various techniques.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation – Respiratory therapists treat patients with COPD and other lung diseases, teaching breathing techniques and developing muscle tone and exercise tolerance. These services may improve exercise tolerance and help you be more active.
Respiratory Diseases and Conditions
Respiratory or lung diseases include asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung cancer and many others.
Asthma can be a life-threatening disease if not properly managed. It is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It is an umbrella term for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other lung disorders.
Pneumonia is a general term that refers to an infection of the lungs caused by a variety of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
Emphysema is a chronic disease of the lungs associated with breathlessness, chronic cough, excessive sputum and progressive loss of lung function.
Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the main airways in the lungs that continues for a long period or keeps coming back.
Atrium Medical Center’s (Atrium) Inpatient Respiratory Care provides services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Every floor of the hospital is staffed with respiratory therapists who are ready to care for patients and consult with physicians and nurses.
We perform all types of respiratory therapy care including:
Atrium’s respiratory therapists treat a wide spectrum of patients including those with:
Our on-site Pulmonary Function Department works on an outpatient basis with patients who are experiencing breathing problems. By testing their lung function, we help diagnose and treat respiratory conditions and disorders.
We perform complete pulmonary function studies including:
We also work to educate people with asthma on an outpatient basis so they can better manage their conditions.
We offer individualized Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services for those with chronic lung diseases to help improve muscle strength and endurance for better performance of daily activities.
Respiratory Care Treatments to Help You Breathe Better
To improve breathing, we provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient services including:
Pulmonary Rehabilitation to Help You Manage Your Condition
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive program to help you improve your quality of life by managing your condition.
This program helps you:
- Control symptoms
- Reduce the impact of chronic lung disease
- Improve their performance of daily activities
- Increase endurance
- Improve their ability to exercise
The program includes:
- Monitored and supervised exercise
- Psychosocial support
Learn more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Fidelity Health Care: At-Home Respiratory Care
Fidelity Health Care brings respiratory care services to you at home. Our respiratory therapists teach you about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
We help you understand the disease process and show you how to use medications and respiratory equipment properly including:
- Apnea monitors
- Bi-level machines
- CPAP machines
- Oxygen therapy devices
Learn more about Fidelity Health Care.
Learn About Respiratory Care
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about respiratory care. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: April 21, 2015