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Respiratory Therapy

CVMC's Respiratory Care Department provides pulmonary rehabilitation services to patients ranging in age from neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, and adult through geriatric. We are staffed by qualified respiratory care professionals licensed by the state of California. The department's mission is to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient respiratory care services to our patients using a multidisciplinary approach to improve their pulmonary health and quality of life.

Our specialists treat many pulmonary conditions, including pneumonia, asthma, respiratory distress syndrome, interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive airway disease, cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis. We work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to deliver high-quality, cost-effective patient care with a focus on patient safety.

The following are the vital services we provide to our patients.

Pulmonary Function Testing: Pulmonary function testing measures the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen into the blood and expel carbon dioxide from the blood. Our experts leverage these tests to detect the presence of a wide variety of lung diseases.

Diagnostics: Our diagnostic specialists examine and counsel patients to help restore their lung functionality based on their medical condition. Using a blend of procedure-based practices and specialized care, our diagnostics services enable our patients to seek intervention in the early stages of lung diseases.

Incentive Spirometry Services: Incentive Spirometry is used to facilitate better breathing in patients by helping them expand their lungs. Our clinicians help patients strengthen their lungs with specific exercise regimens.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: CPAP is a treatment that uses a face mask to apply constant pressure to the lungs to help keep them open and allow more air to enter and exit the body.

Pulse Oximetry: A pulse oximeter is a machine used to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. The device displays the percentage of hemoglobin in the blood saturated with oxygen. Pulse oximetry can be performed in the operating room to monitor a patient’s response to anesthesia. It is also used to monitor the status of critically ill patients who cannot breathe on their own.

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