Pulmonary & Respiratory Care
Pulmonary medicine is the specialty of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the respiratory system. Pulmonary specialists combine breathing and aerobic exercises with weight training, education, and expertise to help return participants to their highest functional level.
For some pulmonary patients, walking for 20 minutes seems more like running a marathon. However, declining into a sedentary lifestyle only worsens the symptoms. A medically supervised exercise plan can help you improve function, enjoy activity again, and get back to feeling like your old self. This plan can help you understand what you can or should do, how to do helpful breathing, and the importance of doing the exercises. Sturdy's pulmonary rehab team understands the challenges and provides personalized plans to help everyone in our program achieve their highest possible level of function.
Respiratory care is an allied health specialty with medical direction in the treatment, management, control, evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities with the cardiopulmonary system. They are responsible for airway management throughout the hospital. Our respiratory care team administers a variety of treatment modalities including ventilator management, and perform diagnostic studies and are responsible for checking patients' oxygen.
A wide variety of inpatient and outpatient services are available, including sleep studies and pulmonary function testing (PFT). A PFT measures how well lungs take in and exhale air and how well your lungs are working. This testing method is non-invasive and can help our providers diagnose and determine your treatment plan. Abnormal results can mean that chest disease or certain lung disorders may be present. Some of the respiratory services provided include:
- An outpatient pulmonary rehab program, which combines education and exercise to help those diagnosed with lung disease return to their highest level of functioning
- A sleep lab, featuring the latest technology and comforting, knowledgeable staff