Pulmonary Rehab Department
Respiratory therapists are state licensed professionals (RCP) with nationally recognized credentials (RRT). Utilizing medically approved clinical protocols, they consult and communicate with physicians and other care providers to identify and recommend the best practice course of therapy. Respiratory therapists then deliver that care; monitor its effectiveness by patient assessment. For most people, breathing is second nature, but for those who suffer with breathing problems such as Asthma, Emphysema, and Bronchitis, each breath can be a major accomplishment. Our goal is to provide quality care for patients with pulmonary disorders. The Respiratory Therapy Department at Palmer Hospital provides a comprehensive program for both inpatients and outpatients suffering from pulmonary disease or dysfunction. Our Respiratory Therapy services for inpatients include assessment, diagnostic evaluation, treatment, management, and monitoring of respiratory deficiencies and loss of respiratory function.
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is nationally certified by The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
The Pulmonary Rehab program at Palmer Hospital helps participants better manage their lung conditions, so that they can lead more active and enjoyable lives. Through exercise and education, people in the Pulmonary Rehab program will maximize their strength and develop strategies to manage their disease, in the hopes of minimizing future exacerbation. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is individualized for each participant. The program lasts for 6 to 8 weeks. At the end of that time, you will have the option of enrolling in our maintenance program which will help you retain the conditioning you have received.
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body's circulation. A pulmonary function test is a group of tests that will help your physician determine the best way to treat you. During the test, you will be asked to breathe in different ways. The Respiratory Therapist will explain each test, provide instructions and make adjustments to accommodate any handicaps you may have.
Pulmonary function tests are done to:
- Aid in the diagnosis of certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
- Find the cause of shortness of breath
- Measure whether exposure to chemicals at work affects lung function
- Check lung function before someone has surgery
The Smoking Cessation program uses positive behavior change in an individualized support setting. During the program, you will learn about:
- Medicines that can help you stop smoking
- Lifestyle changes that make quitting easier
- Preparing for Quit Day
- Managing stress
- Avoiding weight gain
- Developing a new self-image
- How to stay smoke-free for good
The need for oxygen is found by measuring the amount of oxygen in your blood stream. If your oxygen level is below a critical level at rest, then you need oxygen close to 24 hours a day. Some people do not need oxygen when they are inactive, such as when sitting, but need oxygen when exercising, such as walking, or with eating and/or sleeping. Breathlessness is not a reliable way of determining if you need oxygen. Sometimes, you can be very short of breath and not need oxygen; other times your breathing may feel okay, but you are not getting enough oxygen. Oxygen is a medication prescribed by your healthcare provider. In order for your healthcare provider to prescribe oxygen every patient will need to be qualified for oxygen. The test to qualify one for oxygen is a 6 minute walk test which includes the patient to walk for 6 minutes while their oxygen saturation is being monitored. Each test is individualized and monitored by a Respiratory Therapist.