Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Department at Meridian Health provides inpatient treatment and diagnostic testing to evaluate patients for deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Whether treatment requires nebulizer therapy to open airways, arterial blood gas analysis to determine how well lungs are oxygenated and ventilated, or immediate airway management, this team of credentialed respiratory therapists is here to offer quality inpatient care, any hour of the day or night.

Range of Respiratory Care Services

Respiratory Care at Meridian HealthMeridian’s skilled respiratory care practitioners perform a variety of therapies and diagnostic tests to aid physicians in determining proper treatment for conditions of the cardio-respiratory system. All of the following services are offered under the direction of a physician:

  • Administering medical gases (air and oxygen), humidification, and aerosols
  • Breathing exercises to improve lung function
  • Bronchial hygiene techniques (postural drainage, percussion, and vibration)
  • Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and acidity (pH) in blood from an artery
  • Pulmonary function test to measure overall lung function
  • Airway management (insertion and maintenance of artificial airways)
  • Mechanical ventilator support
  • Performance of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Bi-level and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP and CPAP) therapy

All licensed by the state of New Jersey to practice respiratory therapy, our staff is part of our emergency response teams — Code Blue, Stroke Activation and Rapid Response — providing urgent medical care to patients.

Respiratory Care … at a glance

  • ABG sampling and analysis
  • Aerosol therapy
  • Airway management
  • Bedside spirometry
  • BiPAP/CPAP therapy
  • Breathing exercises
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Peak flow measurements
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Suctioning

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