Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who help treat and restore function for patients with airway and breathing problems.

Respiratory Therapy is available to inpatients and outpatients. Diagnostic and therapeutic services are provided by licensed and credentialed therapists.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient respiratory breathing treatments are available at Spooner Health for patients needing help in breathing or clearing mucus. Respiratory disease education such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is also available. A physician order for these services is necessary.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 715-939-1536.

Inpatient Respiratory Therapy

If you are a patient in the hospital, respiratory services has treatments to help get your breathing back to normal. This may mean getting medication in a vapor form to help open your breathing passages, getting oxygen or other specialty gasses to help you breathe, or it could be that you may be assisted in your breathing with the help of machines that breathe for you. Our respiratory therapist works closely with the nursing staff, hospitalist and physicians to ensure proper respiratory treatments are meeting the needs of the patient.

Therapeutic respiratory treatments available to inpatients at Spooner Health System include:

  • Bronchial hygiene therapy
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Arterial blood gas sampling
  • Ventilation therapy
  • Administration of medical gasses 

Pulmonary Diagnostics

A Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) measures how much and how fast you can breathe. It also may measure how you respond to a medication that affects your breathing or a safe combination of inspired gasses to measure how your lung functions. It is harmless and painless.

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)

An arterial blood gas measures how much oxygen and carbon dioxide your arterial blood contains. The oxygen and carbon dioxide levels of your blood and the pH balance of your blood can indicate the presence of certain medical conditions, such as cardiac, lung or kidney disorders. It is a needle sample so it can be slightly painful.

Some conditions treated:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Respiratory failure