Respiratory Care Department

Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) offers a full range of respiratory therapy services.
Working under the supervision of physicians, our respiratory therapists:

  •  Evaluate, assess and help to treat patients with both acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system such as emphysema, asthma, etc.  Respiratory therapy may include treating diseases, infections, or viruses of the cardiopulmonary system, such as lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and pneumonia
  • Help plan, integrate, teach, evaluate and manage acute and chronic breathing disorders through the use of respirators or the administration of medication in aerosol form
  • Administer oxygen
  • Manage non-invasive positive pressure ventilation
  • Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can't breath normally on their own
  • Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation to heart attack, stroke victims and other critical patients
  • Administer drugs to the lungs
  • Monitor cardiopulmonary systems
  • Perform diagnostic tests, such as measuring lung function and capacity
  • Analyze blood samples to determine levels of oxygen and other gases
  • Counseling individuals in cardiopulmonary health (e.g., asthma education, smoking cessation, etc.)
  • Educating patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their recovery

Respiratory therapy is available at PCMH 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.

Better Breathers Club

An additional service provided by Perry County Memorial Hospital's Respiratory Care Department is the Better Breathers Club.

The club is a free support group created to assist patients and families who are dealing with breathing problems. The program focuses on education, encouragement and caregiver involvement. Meetings are held every three months (usually in March, June, September and December) on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Perry County Memorial Hospital in Education Center A.

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PCMH Respiratory Care Department or the Better Breathers Club


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