While they are not as noticed as doctors or nurses, registered and certified respiratory therapists are crucial members of the health care team at Conway Regional.
Respiratory Therapy is available at Conway Regional for inpatient and outpatient procedures. Respiratory therapists treat and monitor patients' breathing needs. They provide breathing treatments on an outpatient basis as well as on the patient care floors. Respiratory Therapy also supports critical care patients in the Emergency Department and the intensive care units.
- Mostly therapists treat patients for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD includes chronic bronchitis (inflamed airways cause increased mucus) and emphysema (a disease that damages the air sacs and smallest breathing tubes in the lungs).
- They perform tests such as lung function and arterial blood gas tests (which check the oxygen level of the blood) and assist the pulmonologist with biopsies of the lungs.
- Therapists assist with heart and lung services by providing EKG testing.
- Therapists can be found in the Intensive Care Nursery caring for premature infants or on the patient care floors helping patients resume normal breathing after surgery.
Both registered and certified respiratory therapists are licensed by the Arkansas State Medical Board.