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We accept new and established

vent and trach patients!

What is Respiratory Therapy?

  Respiratory therapy is the assessment and treatment of patients with both acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Our team makes an impact on our patients’ lives by providing hands-on care and compassion.

Cleveland Area Hospital offers the following:

• A fully staffed 24/7 team of Respiratory Therapists

• Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)

• Ventilator management

• CPAP & BiPAP therapy

• Nebulizer and Oxygen Therapy

• Much more!

Some of Our Commonly Treated Ailments Include:

• Asthma                                                 

• Pneumonia

• Chronic Bronchitis                            

• Emphysema

• Tracheostomy                                     


• Pre-op Evaluations                            

• Lung Trauma

Pulmonary Function Testing

Why are Pulmonary Function Tests performed?     

  Respiratory therapists may perform a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) to

diagnose a lung disease or condition such as asthma, emphysema and

more. PFTs may also be performed to measure yourtreatment progress

or test the effects of a medication.

What can I expect during a PFT?     

  A typical PFT involves sitting in our exam roomwhile breathing into a

mouthpiece attached to our machine while various tests are performed.

This process takes, on average, 30-45 minutes.

Who is a candidate for PFT?     

  While a PFT can sometimes be performed as part of a routine

physical, a healthcare provider may order a PFT for their patient for a

variety of reasons.     Patients may receive a PFT if they

experienceallergies, respiratory infections, trouble breathing from lung

trauma or chronic lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, or

bronchitis, restrictive airway problems due to scoliosis or tumors,

sarcoidosis, or schleroderma. Patients who smoke or have lung or heart

problems may also receive a PFT to check their lung function prior to

surgery or other procedures.

How should i prepare for a PFT?

•Take your medications before your test unless your doctor tells you not to.

•Don’t smoke before the test; ask your doctor how long before the test you should stop.

•If you use a short-acting inhaler, try not to use it for 6 to 8 hours before the test.

-If you have to use it, let your doctor know before the test.

•Don’t drink alcohol at least 4 hours before the test.

•Don’t eat a large meal at least 2 hours before the test.

•Don’t do any hard exercise at least 30 minutes before the test.

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