Respiratory Care

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

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

BRMH offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation - a program of education and exercise classes that teach patients about their lungs and how to exercise and do daily activities with less shortness of breath. Patients learn how to live a better quality of life with their lung disease.

Tobacco Cessation Programs

Black River Memorial Hospital offers a variety of tobacco cessation programs and services. View here.

The BRMH Respiratory Care Department conducts a variety of different diagnostics including:

  • Pulmonary Function Tests (to see how your lungs take in and release air and how well they distribute oxygen into the blood stream). This s a noninvasive test that shows how well the lungs are working by measuring lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange.
  • Pulse Oximetry is a noninvasive and painless test that measures the oxygen level in your blood. Overnight oximetry studies will monitor your oxygen levels overnight in your own home.

Occupational Health Testing including:

  • Spirometry testing measures how much air you can breathe in and out of your lungs, as well as how easily and fast you can blow the air out of your lungs
  • Fit Testing confirms the fit of any respirator that forms a tight seal on the user's face before it is used in the workplace ensuring that users are receiving the expected level of protection. BRMH uses the Porta Count - a quantitative respiratory fit tester.


Kim's Respiratory Care Story


Respiratory Care Center Tour

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