Respiratory Care & Therapy Services

Many people who could be helped by our respiratory care team aren’t aware of what we do and how they may benefit from our services.

If any of the following apply, you might benefit from having a respiratory evaluation:

  • Shortness of breath at rest or during exertion (depending on your age)
  • Chronic cough
  • Wheezing or chest tightness
  • Smoking (If you are a smoker, it’s smart to have a baseline pulmonary function test done when you are in your forties.)
  • Blackouts, memory loss, altered states of awareness, frequent headaches (These symptoms may also require a neurological exam.)

Tell your primary care provider if you smoke or are experiencing any of the above symptoms and you may be referred to our department for our expert care.

Our respiratory therapy department offers services that can help evaluate and manage many diseases of the heart and lungs.

Pulmonary Function Diagnostics:

  • Spirometry, a test of lung capacity
  • Lung volume studies
  • Diffusion capacity studies, to measure how well the lungs transport gas in and out of the blood 
  • Bronchial challenge testing, useful in diagnosing asthma
  • CAP Accredited Blood Gas Laboratory (available through Carilion Labs)
  • Nocturnal oximetry studies, to check oxygen levels in your blood while you sleep
  • Pulse oximetry, measures oxygen levels in your blood
  • Screening to qualify patients for home oxygen
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing

Electro-neuro Diagnostics:

  • Visual & auditory evoked potential testing, an electrical measurement of how your nervous system responds to stimuli

Therapeutic Services:

  • Oxygen & aerosol therapy, delivering more oxygen to people with breathing difficulties
  • Airway clearance therapy, clearing the airways of mucus in patients who have cystic fibrosis
  • Mechanical ventilation, devices that help people breathe more easily
  • Non-invasive ventilation, ventilation support without using an artificial airway
  • Oximetry/end tidal CO2 monitoring, measurement of exhaled carbon dioxide
  • Bronchodilator therapy, medications to help you breathe better
  • Hyperinflation therapy, giving the lungs more air than usual as a treatment to help them expand better