For thousands of Americans who suffer with breathing problems, each breath is a major accomplishment. Those people include patients with chronic lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema; but they also include trauma victims, heart attacks, and premature infants, people with cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other diseases that may affect lung health.
In each of these cases the patient will receive treatment from a Respiratory Therapist under the direction of a physician. Respiratory Therapists at Wheeling Hospital evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. The Respiratory Therapists are members of the health care team that provide care to patients with heart and lung disorders.
The Respiratory Care Department at Wheeling Hospital serves all areas of Wheeling Hospital from the cardio vascular intensive care unit to critical care, from emergency trauma care to general floor care, including pediatrics. The Respiratory Care Department utilizes the most sophisticated equipment available, such as state-of-the-art ventilators, blood gas analysis systems, CPAP/BIPAP units and noninvasive pulse oximetry to determine oxygen needs.
All Respiratory Therapists at Wheeling Hospital are certified and registered by The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). They are also licensed to practice by The West Virginia Board of Respiratory Care (WVBORC).