Respiratory Therapy


Types and ages of patients served: Therapeutic section- infant to geriatric. Diagnostic section 5 years to geriatric.

Hours of operation: Therapeutic section twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. Diagnostic section - 08:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday - Friday.

Department Staff: One Director with RPFT and RPSGT credentials. Theraputic section: 15 therapists, 4 RRT’s, 9 CRTT’s and 1 RCP. Diagnostic section: 2 therapists, 1 RRT/RPFT and 1 CRTT. Staffing augmented by cross trained Cardiopulmonary Services Cardiac staff of 2, 1RRT and 1 cardiac technician.

Description of services provided in the department: Therapeutic section: provides a full battery of respiratory therapeutic services to include: respiratory assessment, invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilator support, bronchopulmonary hygiene, artificial airway care, aerosol therapy including delivery of pharmacologic agents, arterial blood gas procurement and analysis, delivery of medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases), ekg, responds to cardiac and pulmonary arrest, and education related to respiratory therapy procedures to patients and their family members. Diagnostic section: provides a full range of pulmonary diagnostic tests: including spirometry, airway resistance, measurement of static lung volumes, measurement for airway hypersensitivity, delivery of pharmacological bronchodilator agents to evaluate reversability of obstructive lung disease, six minute walk tests and research support as related to pulmonary function testing.

Methods used to assess and meet patient’s care needs: Therapeutic section: Respiratory assessment tools are used to determine the effectiveness of respiratory therapy interventions to alleviate patient’s symptoms, dyspena and improvement in overall pulmonary function. Diagnostic section: uses a variety of pulmonary function tests to quantify the severity of lung dysfunction and the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions over time.

Scope and complexity of patient’s care needs: Cardiopulmonary Services are responsible for the delivery of respiratory therapeutic and diagnostic services upon order of a physician in a timely manner.

The appropriateness, clinical necessity, and timeliness of support services provided directly by the department or through referral contacts: Therapeutic respiratory care is provided by the therapeutic section of Cardiopulmonary Services and the diagnostic section provides diagnostic services. Physicians and nursing staff are notified of critical results and situations in an expiditious manner.

The extent to which the level of care or service provided meets the patient’s needs: Based upon respiratory assessments and diagnostic pulmonary function results recommendations are made to physicians on alternate therapeutic interventions or tesst to enhance therapeutic outcomes and further quantify the severity of lung dysfunction.

Recognized standards or practice guidelines: Delivery of respiratory therapy and diagnostic services are based upon standards of the American Thoracic Society and the American Association of Respiratory Care. All therapists are licensed to practice respiratory care by the State of Texas State Board of Health.

Desired outcome: Patient will be provided with the highest quality of respiratory care and accurate diagnostic services in a timely and safe manner.

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