Respiratory Care

Respiratory care services fpr Black River Falls, Sparta, Tomah, Neillsville, Eau Claire, La Crosse and surrounding areas

At Black River Memorial Hospital, our Respiratory Care Department provides testing and treatments to preserve and improve overall lung function for those with lung disorders.

Our respiratory therapy staff works with a variety of patients  in all areas of the hospital, from newborns to elderly patients, with breathing problems and/or lung disease.


Whether it's general lung function or a sleep disorder, we have several ways to diagnose your specific respiratory condition.

For lung function, our Respiratory Care Department will conduct Pulmonary Function Tests to see how your lungs take in and release air and how well they distribute oxygen into the blood stream.

For sleep disorders, we not only have a fully equipped Sleep Lab, we also provide outpatient sleep testing.

An Oximetry Test is a commonly used at-home test that provides basic information on how well you are oxygenating. This device records data about heart rate and blood oxygen saturation and will show abnormal drops in oxygen and abnormal increases or decreases in heart rate.

Pulmonary Rehabilitiation is an education and exercise program to help patients learn about their lungs and do daily activities with less shortness of breath. Talk to your doctor to see if this program is right for you.

Durable Medical Equipment

Our respiratory staff also provides respiratory homecare services and durable respiratory medical equipment and supplies for home use, including:

  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Portable Oxygen
  • Nebulizers and supplies
  • CPAP/BiPAP with masks and supplies

Better Breather's Club

This free support group meets every other month and allows patients to stay connected with the respiratory team, ask questions and continue to expand their knowledge of their respiratory condition. See our Events and Classes calendar for the next meeting time.

Tobacco Cessation Programs

Please visit our Tobacco Cessation page for more information.

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More Information

For more information on our respiratory care services, call 715-284-3670.

"I grew up with asthma as a child, so I always knew I wanted to help people breathe better."

Kim Schlifer, Respiratory Care Practitioner