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Respiratory care

Scheurer Hospital offers a wide variety of Respiratory Therapy services.

Pulmonary function test

This test checks how well your lungs work, how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. The tests can be helpful to your physician to diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung problems, and check to see how well treatment for lung disease is working. We offer spirometry (pre- and post-bronchodilator), DLCO (Diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide) and plethysmography testing.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program for patients with chronic lung disease, such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma or pulmonary fibrosis. Chronic lung disease is an ongoing problem that keeps people from breathing normally, making it difficult to do things that used to be easy, such as going shopping, climbing stairs and keeping up with the grandkids. Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program that teaches patients how to live and breathe better and improve their overall health and strength. The program includes exercise to help increase endurance and strength; education about lung disease, respiratory medications and preventing infection; and breathing techniques to help do daily activities with less shortness of breath.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Exercise sessions begin at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Initial visits are scheduled by the coordinator. These include an assessment and development of an individualized treatment plan. The program is run by a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Registered Nurse and an Exercise Physiologist. A physician serves as the Medical Director for the program. Pulmonary Rehabilitation does require a physician's order and typically lasts six to 12 weeks.

For more information, call Pulmonary Rehabilitation at 989.453.4461.