For most people, breathing comes naturally and without a second thought. But for those with breathing problems, each breath can be a major challenge. For that reason our staff of licensed respiratory therapists help patients achieve the best level of life quality by setting goals, assessing and monitoring breathing ability, providing diagnostics and therapeutic services, and patient and caregiver education. We specialize in assessing and treating breathing conditions, including chronic lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and brochitis, as well as more serious and complex problems caused by other conditions such as heart disease, stroke or trauma. Providing airway management, mechanical ventilation and critical care medicine, we work collaboratively with other medical professionals to decide on the best course of treatment for you. Specialty services include:
During a bronchoscopy, a thin flexible tube is inserted into the airways of the lungs, allowing the physician, generally a pulmonologist, to see and fix a number of problems. Doctors can:
TMC's Pulmonary Function Lab provides valuable information to diagnose and assess pulmonary diseases. Lung function tests, also called pulmonary function tests or PFTs, evaluate how well the lungs work. The tests determine how much air a person’s lungs can hold, how quickly the air can move in and out of the lungs, and how well the lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. The tests can diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung problems and check to see how well treatment for a lung disease is working.
Sweat chloride test is a common and simple test used to evaluate a patient who is suspected of having cystic fibrosis. The sweat test determines the amount of chloride in the sweat. There are no needles involved in the procedure. The goal of this test is to painlessly stimulate the patient’s skin to produce a large enough amount of sweat which may then absorbed by a special filter paper and analyzed for the content of chloride in the sweat.
The entire collection procedure takes approximately half an hour to an hour.
To contact Respiratory Services, call (520) 324-5255.