TYPES OF PATIENTS SERVED
The department provides a wide range of inpatient services that are therapeutic and diagnostic in nature. The services includes neonates, pediatric and adult patients as well as providing services for elderly patients in long term care.
The Respiratory Therapy Department is organized under the supervision of the Office of Medical Director and Internal Medicine Department and is staffed by qualified Respiratory Therapists. Medical direction is provided by a board certified Internist. All personnel are licensed by the Council for Certification of Health Care Specialties.
The Department of Respiratory Therapy provide an array of services, including patient assessment, therapy / treatment recommendation, medication delivery, diagnostic testing and life support management for newborn, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. Services available to inpatients include but are not limited to: aerosol and oxygen therapy, chest physiotherapy, obtaining sputum specimens, airway maintenance, insertion and care of artificial airways, patient education, and make clinical suggestions for the service needs and inject a plan of care for patients supported with mechanical ventilation (invasive or non-invasive).
Scope and complexity
The department cares for all inpatient age groups in all stages of diseases, assist patients with many different types of breathing disorders and problems.
Level of services provided
The respiratory therapy department provides:
RANGE OF TREATMENTS OR ACTIVITIES PERFORMED
The practice of respiratory care includes activities in diagnostic evaluation strategies , therapy, and education of the patient and family. These activities are enhanced through education, research, and administration. Diagnostic activities for RT include but are not limited to: obtaining and throughly analyzing the specimens interpreting data, performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system.
Therapy includes but is not limited to the application and critical monitoring of all medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases) and environmental controling systems; ventilator support; artificial airway bronchopulmonary hygiene; pharmacological agents related to respiratory care procedures; hemodynamic cardiovascular support and pulmonary function testing.
TYPES OF STAFF CARRYING OUT THESE ACTIVITIES
All treatments are carried out by qualified Respiratory Therapists who are licensed by the Council for Certification of Health Care Specialties. A competency-based individual training prog is in place for each personnel administering respiratory related care, to ensure the highest quality of services with proper allocation of resources to standardize care delivery and implement best practice guidelines in support of quality improvement and clinical collaboration.