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Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Therapy department at Medical Center Barbour provides a wide variety of services to meet the needs of each patient. Our Licensed and registered Respiratory Therapists participate in both inpatient and outpatient care dealing with respiratory problems.

Diagnostics testing includes:

Electrocardiogram (EKG) records, on graph paper, the electrical impulses traveling through the heart. The purpose is to evaluate the heart’s function, to determine the presence of abnormal electrical impulses and to detect heart damage.  

Pulmonary Function Test is a series of tests that measure lung function. The tests provide information about the amount of air that a person’s lungs can hold, and how effectively the lungs work. The test can be used to diagnose respiratory conditions including asthma. 

Spirometry Screen is a basic breathing test to aid in the diagnosis and management of many lunch disorders.  This test is also useful in pre-employment screenings. 

Cardiac Stress Test is a noninvasive procedure performed on a treadmill to help diagnose heart disease. More extensive studies are combined with radioisotopes.  

Electroencephalogram (EEG) detects abnormalities in the brain waves or electrical activity of the brain.   

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) is a blood test that is used to evaluate the lungs' ability to provide blood with oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, and to measure the pH (acidity) of the blood.

24 Hour Holter Monitoring is a noninvasive test that continuously records the heart’s rhythms.  The monitor is usually worn for 24 hours during normal activity. 

30 Day Cardiac Event Monitor allows a patient to record irregular heartbeat by simply pressing a button.  This monitor is usually worn for 30 days. 

Each of these have specific instructions that the patient must follow in order to get accurate results, so it is important that they are scheduled ahead of time by their physician with our department.