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Atrium Medical Center’s Respiratory Care Department Hosts Free Respiratory Screenings

Middletown, Ohio, October 18, 2010—In honor of National Respiratory Care Week, Atrium Medical Center’s Respiratory Care Department will provide free respiratory screenings Sunday, October 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. These screenings will be held at the Atrium Family YMCA, located at 5750 Innovation Drive on the Atrium Medical Center campus.

Respiratory screenings can help detect COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) – the most common lung disease, which affects millions of Americans. Characterized by increased shortness of breath, increased sputum/phlegm production, coughing, wheezing and fatigue, COPD is a progressive disease that often includes multiple hospitalizations.

Respiratory therapists will be available to provide two kinds of tests: Spirometry and Pulse Oximetry. Spirometry measures how much air a person can inhale and exhale, as well as how fast air can be exhaled. It is a common test to diagnose asthma, COPD and other conditions that affect breathing. Pulse Oximetry measures the oxygenation of a person’s hemoglobin. This test, which is done by attaching a pulse oximeter to a person’s finger, is used to assess the person’s oxygen saturation.

“We are thrilled to bring respiratory screenings to the general public,” says Shobha Patel, manager of Cardiopulmonary Services at Atrium Medical Center. “While there is no cure for COPD, we can slow down its progression and reduce the number of hospitalizations post-diagnosis by identifying and treating patients with this disease.”

Screenings are free and open to the public. No advance registration is needed. Respiratory Therapists will be on site for these screenings, but there will be no physicians available to discuss treatment.