Whidbey General Hospital

Respiratory Services

Whidbey General's Respiratory Care Department offers both inpatient and outpatient services, using a full-time staff of licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners.
We offer seven day a week, 24 hour a day service. We are a significant part of the "code" (cardiac arrest) and trauma team, responding to any emergency situation.
 
We assist with intubations, help to stabilize the patient in the emergency department and provide transport to the critical care unit.
 
We work closely with anesthesiologists and family physicians to manage patients while they are on a ventilator, assist them in getting off the ventilator and monitor respiratory status after they come off the ventilator.
 

Respiratory Services Include:

    • Nebulized breathing treatments
    • Metered dose inhaler (MDI) treatments
    • Chest physiotherapy
    • Incentive spirometry
    • Oxygen therapy
    • Oximetry
    • Intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments
    • BIPAP therapy

When we work with patients we try to spend time discussing their respiratory status, as well as the best use of peak flow meters, MDIs, spacers, oxygen, and nebulizers.

We work with all age groups and we match our therapy to the individual's need.

We provide diagnostic testing; such as EKG's, pulmonary function testing, and exercise desaturation testing.

We work as a team with the pharmacists, physicians, and nurses to educate patients on the names of their respiratory medications, the indications, the dosages and frequency of usage and the expected outcomes. We try to involve each individual in their own recovery process.

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