Helping You Breathe Easier

The respiratory system consists of organs and tissues that help you breathe. Respiratory therapists at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center assist those suffering from chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Those who have cardiovascular issues or sleep disorders, as well as infants who are born prematurely, might also need respiratory therapy to help them breathe more easily. Respiratory therapists also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attack, stroke or other forms of trauma.

To assess and diagnose breathing issues, patients typically undergo pulmonary function or breathing tests to find out how well air moves in and out of the lungs and how well oxygen enters your body. These include: 

  • Basic spirometry — measures how much air you can breathe into your lungs and how much air you can quickly blow out of your lungs 
  • Body plethysmography — measures how much air is in your lungs after you take in a deep breath and how much air is left in your lungs after breathing out as much as you can 
  • Diffusion studies — measures how well the oxygen in the air you breathe into your lungs moves from your lungs into your blood

In addition to pulmonary function testing, Desert Springs Hospital offers patient education and other specialized inpatient and outpatient services such as:

  • Airway and artificial ventilator management
  • Oxygen modalities
  • Breathing treatments
If you need a referral to a respiratory therapist or other physician at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, call our free Direct Doctors Plus® referral service at 702-388-4888

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