Respiratory Therapy

Pulmonary Medicine addresses a broad spectrum of conditions that affect the way we breathe. Our lung specialists, including internal medicine physicians, and registered respiratory therapists, work with our family practice physicians to provide comprehensive care to patients suffering from a broad spectrum of illnesses (including pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and neuromuscular disorders) and provide support for patients recovering from surgeries, trauma, cardiac / respiratory arrest and metabolic disorders.

The Pulmonary/Cardiac Laboratory provides diagnostic screening services (Pulmonary function testing, Cardiac Stress Testing, Event and Holter monitoring) that assist our medical staff in the diagnosis of the heart and lung conditions such as:

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Oxygen Consumption Exercise Studies
  • Screening for heart disease

The Pulmonary/Cardiac Laboratory provides comprehensive diagnostic services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Located on the main floor of the hospital, the PFT/Cardiac lab is open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Respiratory Therapy Department at Lower Umpqua Hospital assists in improving pulmonary function and quality of life for many people. All respiratory care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to patients ranging in age from newborn to seniors. Every member of the Respiratory Therapy team holds national certification/registration and is licensed by the State of Oregon as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.

The Respiratory Therapy Department treats patients with pulmonary disorders but not limited to: asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis and emphysema.

Our Respiratory Therapy staff also provides the therapeutic services to its patients:

  • Bronchodilator Therapy
  • Pulmonary Hygiene Therapy
  • Invasive mechanical ventilation
  • Non-invasive mechanical ventilation
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
  • Chest Physiotherapy
  • Neonatal Services

For those patients suffering from COPD, asthma, and other chronic pulmonary conditions, the hospital hosts the Reedsport Chapter Better Breathers Club, an outstanding support and education group.