Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Therapy

WMH Respiratory Therapy

Helping Patients of All Ages Breathe Easier

Respiratory therapy focuses on treating conditions of the cardiopulmonary condition. More specifically, it is most often used to help patients manage symptoms that impede their ability to breathe. At Wyandot Memorial Hospital, our respiratory therapists have extensive knowledge of the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. A respiratory therapist also provides around-the-clock care for emergencies.

What to Expect During Respiratory Therapy

Like most therapy programs, respiratory therapy is customized based on the unique needs of the patient. Therapy can be done in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Most patients who are referred to respiratory therapy are those with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis and emphysema.

Services provided by respiratory therapists include:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Managing life support and ventilation systems
  • Assessing lung strength and capacity
  • Helping patients prepare for travel
  • Exercise training
  • Managing symptoms of chronic diseases
  • Educating patients on self-care techniques
  • Working with healthcare providers for patients’ medication needs

Respiratory therapy goes on for as long as the patient needs it. Patients with serious conditions may require respiratory therapy for the rest of their lives, but the services in therapy should help them improve their quality of life.

When Is Respiratory Therapy Necessary?

As stated above, respiratory therapy is provided in emergency situations and for patients who receive a physician’s referral. Children, adults, and seniors can benefit from respiratory if they have a chronic lung condition.

The following are some of the disorders treated by respiratory therapists:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic smoking
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis

Not all of these conditions are curable, but the symptoms can be managed so that patients can live more independent and comfortable lives.

If you think you or a loved one might benefit from respiratory therapy, talk to your regular physician. Our team at WMH can provide you with the dedicated treatment you need.