Respiratory Therapy Services
Most people take breathing for granted. It is second nature and an involuntary reflex. But for those who suffer from breathing problems, each breath is a major effort. The people who suffer from breathing problems range from newborns to senior citizens. They suffer from chronic lung disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. People with breathing problems might also include heart attack and accident victims, premature infants, and people with cystic fibrosis, lung cancer or AIDS.
Under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapy practitioners are the health care specialists who evaluate, treat, educate and care for patients with breathing disorders.
Scott County Hospital’s registered and certified respiratory therapists administer aerosolized medication to alleviate breathing problems, provide oxygen therapy, or employ mechanical ventilation for treating individuals who cannot breathe adequately on their own.