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Hospital Services - Cardiopulmonary Services

RESPIRATORY THERAPY ACUTE CARE SERVICES

 

Emergency services are provided by one of three on-call RRTs. 

• Outpatient Services
• Inpatient Services
• Neonatal Care
• ECG Services


Airway management/Intubation:  An RRT will support a patient’s breathing and do endotracheal intubation when required.

Procedural Sedation:  During painful procedures that require deep sedation, the RRT will monitor and support the patient’s airway, ventilation, and oxygen needs.

 

Emergency HBO Treatment:  Emergency treatment can be provided in the HBO chamber for Carbon Monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, and certain bacterial infections.  Patients can be supported in the chamber with IV fluids, cardiac monitoring, and mechanical ventilation.

Ventilator support:  RRT’s will provide mechanical ventilation, when necessary, using the latest equipment.

Non-invasive ventilation:  This is a mode of supporting a person’s breathing through a mask instead of endotraceal tube.  This therapy can be more comfortable and safer for some patients.

 

CPAP Therapy:  This therapy is used in hospital to treat pulmonary edema and for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea that do not yet have their own CPAP machine.

Tracheostomy changes, teaching:  Patients with a new tracheostomy tube will require instruction on cleaning, suctioning, and caring for the trach tube and stoma.