Respiratory Therapy

Therapeutic Services:

  • Oxygen therapy – administration of oxygen through various devices such as nasal cannula or mask
  • Aerosol and nebulizer therapy – delivers bronchodilator medication, humidity, or both to the lungs
  • Incentive Spirometry – a breathing exercise designed to aid in deep breathing and pneumonia prevention
  • Chest Physiotherapy – techniques designed to aid in airway secretion clearance
  • Airway suctioning – a procedure to mobilize and clear secretions from the airway
  • Information and resources for smoking cessation

Critical & Emergency:

  • Airway Management
  • BiPAP set-up and management – a machine that utilizes separate pressures for inhalation and exhalation to support ventilation
  • Intubation – insertion of  a tube into the trachea for mechanical ventilation
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • CPR

Diagnostic Testing:

  • Pulmonary Function Studies – breathing test that measures inspiratory and expiratory lung volumes
  • Methacholine Challenge Testing – breathing test that assists in the diagnosis of asthma
  • Holter Monitor – a device worn for 24 or 48 hours that monitors the heart
  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis – a blood test to determine how well the lungs are working
  • The sleep lab at CMH is equipped to test for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia.

All of our therapists are licensed by the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners and credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care.