Respiratory Therapists (RT) are specialized healthcare practitioners who are trained in pulmonary medicine in order to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease. A day in the life of an RT might include diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods, consulting with physicians to recommend a change in therapy based on their evaluation of the patient, managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own, responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care, and educating patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their recovery. The RT’s at BRMC can be found working with patients in all areas of the hospital from the Emergency Department to ICU, to Surgery, and the Newborn Nursery, and are available around the clock to care for our patients.
Our Sleep Disorder Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and offers private rooms designed to help the patients feel at home. Dr. Paul Neis, a Board Certified Sleep Disorder Specialist, serves as the Medical Director and interprets the Sleep Studies. At our Center, patients can be seen for a variety of services including overnight and daytime sleep testing, mask problems, Pap naps, and multiple sleep latency testing. Our staff also performs different types of Electroencephalogram tests or EEG's. All testing is performed by Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
BRMC’s Sleep DME (Durable Medical Equipment) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and offers CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machines, masks, and supplies for treatment of sleep disordered breathing. Registered Respiratory Therapists and Registered Polysomnographic Technologists instruct patients and caretakers in the use of these devices that enable our patients to experience longer, healthier lives. Our staff work in conjunction with the Sleep Disorder Center staff to provide comprehensive care for the patients in our community with sleep disorders.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit
Baxter Regional’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is designed to help patients who have had heart attacks, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, stable angina, or congestive heart failure, as well as individuals who are considered at risk for cardiac disease. A physician can refer qualified patients to this program where they are cared for by experienced Registered Nurses and an Exercise Physiologist. The program uses medically proven exercise therapy and patient education to support patients in their return to normal life after an event and promote a heart healthy lifestyle. BRMC also offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation designed to help patients with breathing problems control their symptoms and improve their day-to-day activities through exercise training, behavioral changes, and educational programs. A Registered Respiratory Therapist assists the other staff in education and monitoring the exercise to teach breathing retraining techniques and coping strategies for living with chronic lung disease.
At Baxter Regional, the physicians, nurses, and technicians in the cardiac lab work together to provide round the clock quality cardiac diagnostic testing such as electrocardiograms (EKG’s), stress testing, holter monitors, and echocardiograms. The staff works closely with our Cardiologists and Pulmonologists in special procedures to provide our patients with compassionate care and a great patient experience.