Respiratory

Respiratory Care is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week department staffed by licensed and credentialed Respiratory Therapists providing the following services at Putnam County Hospital:

  • Treatment of chronic, acute and emergency respiratory illness with aerosolized medications, oxygen, percussion and postural drainage, breathing exercises, airway management and assisted ventilation when necessary.
  • Arterial Blood Gas sampling and analysis to check lung function and acid-base balance.
  • Electrocardiograms (EKG) to detect irregular heart rhythms, heart damage or as a preoperative test for surgical clearance.
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) used to measure the mechanical functions of the lungs to assist in diagnosing and differentiating lung disease.
  • Sleep Lab to test, diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.