Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Department at Humboldt General Hospital provides complete and comprehensive care to those suffering from breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under medical direction, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. As a member of the patient care team, respiratory therapists consult with physicians and other healthcare staff to help develop and modify patient care plans. Our multidisciplinary team approach means that our medical and pulmonary experts are working together bringing their combined skills and expertise to your plan of care.

Our Services

The Respiratory Department at Humboldt General Hospital aims to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase participation in physical activities and improve overall function for patients with respiratory disease, and for those following cardiac and lung surgery.

Our specially trained respiratory therapists treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants to elderly patients. Respiratory therapists provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema and give emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning, or shock.

Diagnostic tests include:

  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Pulmonary Function Screens
  • Bronchoscopies
  • EKGs

Who benefits from respiratory services?

  • Lung surgery patients
  • Persons who have COPD or other chronic respiratory system diseases
  • Interstitial diseases
  • Individuals with shortness of breath, cough, or increased mucous production
  • Those with neuromuscular diseases

Sleep Studies are available

A good night's sleep is important to your overall health. A sleep study or polysomnogram that electronically measures your physical movements and stages of sleep to determine if you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.

Examples of sleep disorders (but not limited to):

  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Narcolepsy

Respiratory Department Information

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
(775) 623-5222, ext. 1556