Services and Procedures
The Respiratory Care department at Miami Valley Hospital offers award-winning services to patients with lung disease and other respiratory conditions. Therapists provide these services in the following areas:
Diagnostic Care – The registered pulmonary function technologist guides you through a series of breathing tests. These tests are given to our pulmonologists, who evaluate the results and provide a diagnosis for your doctor. Your primary care physician may require further treatment. Respiratory therapists may also assist in endoscopy, surgical or imaging procedures if necessary.
Emergency Care – The respiratory therapist is responsible for the emergency airway management, breathing treatments and mechanical ventilation in the Emergency and Trauma Center. The respiratory therapist provides professional evaluation and treatment in consultation with your Emergency Department team.
Acute Care – In the acute care areas, respiratory therapists evaluate and initiate oxygen therapy, secretion removal and medicated aerosols based on physician order. The therapist works with you to help you understand your breathing medicines and therapies.
Critical Care – Respiratory therapists work with the critical care team to stabilize and support breathing using mechanical ventilators and specialty techniques. Therapists wean you from breathing support and help you clear secretions using various techniques.
Neonatal Care – These specialty trained respiratory therapists are involved in to a wide range of interventions including delivery room care of newborns and airway support. They also support the delivery of oxygen and removal of carbon dioxide until the baby’s lungs are mature enough to function independently. Many of the neonatal respiratory therapists fly with our NeoFlight neonatal transport team.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation – Respiratory therapists treat patients with COPD and other lung diseases, teaching breathing techniques and developing muscle tone and exercise tolerance. These services may improve exercise tolerance and help you be more active.
Respiratory Diseases and Conditions
Respiratory or lung diseases include asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung cancer and many others.
Asthma can be a life-threatening disease if not properly managed. It is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It is an umbrella term for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other lung disorders.
- Pneumonia is a general term that refers to an infection of the lungs caused by a variety of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
- Emphysema is a chronic disease of the lungs associated with breathlessness, chronic cough, excessive sputum and progressive loss of lung function.
- Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the main airways in the lungs that continues for a long period or keeps coming back.
We treat all lung and other pulmonary conditions, including:
We offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pulmonary services, including:
- Bronchoscopy – used to investigate airway problems
- Thoracentesis – helps remove excess fluid build-up between your lungs and chest wall
- Advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy procedures– endobronchial ultrasound and electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
- Smoking cessation counseling and support group
- Respiratory care
- Pulmonary exercise stress testing
- Pulmonary function testing
- Sleep and wake disorders
Respiratory Care Treatments to Help You Breathe Better
To improve breathing, we provide a variety of inpatient and outpatient services including:
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a comprehensive program to help you improve your quality of life by managing your condition.
This program helps you:
- Control symptoms
- Reduce the impact of chronic lung disease
- Improve their performance of daily activities
- Increase endurance
- Improve their ability to exercise
The program includes:
- Monitored and supervised exercise
- Psychosocial support
Learn more about Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Fidelity Health Care: At-Home Respiratory Care
Fidelity Health Care brings respiratory care services to you at home. Our respiratory therapists teach you about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
We help you understand the disease process and show you how to use medications and respiratory equipment properly including:
- Apnea monitors
- Bi-level machines
- CPAP machines
- Oxygen therapy devices
Learn more about Fidelity Health Care.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Disease Management Program
The COPD disease management program is an interdisciplinary team devoted to the care and symptom management of the COPD patient population using best care practices.
Learn About Respiratory Care
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about respiratory care. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: April 21, 2015