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 also assist with heart and lung services by providing EKG testing and 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.

Patient Instructions for Respiratory Therapy Testing

Patients receiving outpatient respiratory therapy services at Conway Regional Medical Center will enter through the main admissions area in the East Lobby (same side as the ER).  Patients will need to check in at Outpatient Admissions in the East Lobby prior to testing. Please read the instructions for the procedure you will be having.

Arterial Blood Gases
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 15 to 20 minutes.

EKG
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 15 to 20 minutes.

Aerosol Treatment
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 15 to 20 minutes.

Simple Spirometry
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 30 minutes. Do not use bronchodilators within four hours prior to the test unless instructed by your physician. You can eat prior to testing; however do not overeat, since a full stomach may restrict your ability to breathe properly during the test. Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothes for testing.

Lung Volumes
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 30 minutes. You can eat prior to testing; however do not overeat, since a full stomach may restrict your ability to breathe properly during the test. Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothes for testing.

Diffusion Studies
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 30 minutes. You can eat prior to testing; however do not overeat, since a full stomach may restrict your ability to breathe properly during the test. Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothes for testing.

Complete Pulmonary Function Test
Patients should plan on being in the hospital 60 minutes. Do not use bronchodilators within four hours prior to the test unless instructed by your physician. You can eat prior to testing; however do not overeat, since a full stomach may restrict your ability to breathe properly during the test. Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothes for testing.

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