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RESPIRATORY THERAPY SERVICES

Most people take breathing for granted. It's second nature and involuntary, but for those who have breathing problems, from newborns to senior citizens, each breath is a major effort. This includes chronic lung disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and emphysema. People with breathing problems might also include heart attack, accident victims, premature infants, and people with cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and 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.

GRMC'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. Respiratory Therapy personnel also perform pulmonary function testing and arterial blood gas analysis.

For patients in the hospital, we also perform Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy, Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing Therapy, and Chest Physical Therapy along with nebulizer treatments.

We also provide patient education to those with COPD and Asthma, and offer an outpatient service for the treatment of children with Bronchiolitis and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).

At GRMC, Respiratory Therapy services are offered on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis. To speak to one of our Respiratory Therapists, call 785-890-6023.

PULMONARY REHABILITATION

WHO IS IT FOR? People with COPD or other chronic lung disease.
WHAT IS IT? This program is directed by the Respiratory Therapy department and incorporates the services of Physical Therapy, Psychologists, Social Services, our Dietician and Physicians. Our program includes an individualized treatment plan that contains physical exercise, breathing techniques, diet planning, and education.
WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE? Anyone who has a Pulmonary Function Test done and has a moderate obstructive lung disease according to the GOLD standard.
WHERE IS THERAPY ADMINISTERED? As an outpatient at Goodland Regional Medical Center
WHY IS IT DONE? To achieve and maintain the highest level of independence and functioning.

SERVICES:

Bronchiolitis is a common diagnosis among infants and can be very frustrating to new parents. The Respiratory Therapy Department now offers a new service to help parents cope with symptoms. Click Here to Learn More.

The Goodland Regional Medical Center Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for adults who are increasingly limited in their everyday activities due to emphysema, Chronic bronchitis, brochiectasis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, lung surgery and environmental or occupational lung disease. Click Here to Learn More.

PULMONARY LINKS:
American Association for Respiratory Care
American Academy of Pediatrics
National Board for Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Journal Online
Kansas Respiratory Care Society Okay with Asthma
American Lung Association

CARDIAC REHABILITATION

Heart Disease Risk Factors
* Lack of Exercise * Overweight * High Cholesterol
* Diabetes * High Blood Pressure * Smoking

WHO IS IT FOR? People who have Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease or who have had a recent: Heart Attack, Stent Placement, Coronary Artery Bypass Graph, or a Valve Replacement.
WHAT IS IT? This program is directed by the Respiratory Therapy department and incorporates the services of Physical Therapy, Psychologists, Social Services, our Dietician and Physicians. Our program includes an individualized treatment plan than contains physical exercise, diet planning, and education.
WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE? Cardiac rehabilitation aims to reverse limitations experienced by patients who have suffered the adverse pathophysiologic and psychological consequences of cardiac events.
WHERE IS THERAPY ADMINISTERED? As an outpatient at Goodland Regional Medical Center
WHY IS IT DONE? To achieve and maintain the highest level of independence

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