Respiratory therapy provides care to patients with breathing related problems. Such care includes education on asthma, COPD, and sleep apnea, as well as providing exams for lung function and exercise stress tests. Case management for equipment is provided for CPAP’s, nebulizers, and oxygen equipment.
Respiratory therapy department offers:
Pulmonary Function Test
Exercise Stress Test
Case management for CPAP’s, nebulizer’s and oxygen
Education on breathing related disorders
Freedom from Smoking classes
Hours of Operation?
Hours 8-4:30 Monday thru Friday
Contact information: 828-497-9163 ext. 6413
Frequently asked questions
What is DME?
Durable Medical Equipment: involves nebulizers, oxygen equipment, CPAP’s, etc.
What is OSA? How do I know if I have OSA? How to treat OSA?
OSA is obstructive sleep apnea, which is due to the airway relaxing during sleep and causing interruptive sleep making you wake up in the middle of the night, snoring, witnessed apnea, daytime sleepiness, and/or morning headaches.
If you feel that you have signs or symptoms of OSA, first make an appointment with your primary care provider and discuss your symptoms with them. After the appointment the primary provider will put a consult in with Respiratory Therapy, which will process the paperwork for the appropriate setting, either a home sleep study to be done or to go to the sleep lab. Based on the results of the sleep study will determine treatment options. Most common treatment is CPAP –Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.
How do I get supplies?
To get supplies for any equipment for CPAP, oxygen, and nebulizers, please call the Respiratory Department or the company in which your equipment is with.