The Respiratory Therapy Department at Longmont United Hospital specializes
in treating respiratory illnesses including chronic lung problems such
as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD, as well as acute breathing
problems associated with serious or life-threatening conditions such as
traumatic injury, heart attack, or stroke. Respiratory therapists are
experts in managing life support devices, airway management, mechanical
ventilation, and other aspects of critical care medicine.
Our respiratory therapists work one-on-one to develop a respiratory care
plan that is best suited to each patient's needs.
Patients may visit the pulmonary function laboratory when their doctor
orders a pulmonary function test (PFT) to rule out various forms of lung
disease including pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, COPD, asthma, chronic
bronchitis, or progression of a disease, or to monitor possible medication
side effects on the lungs. Testing includes spirometry, diffusion capacity,
thoracic gas volume, lung volumes and airway resistance.