Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care

Diagnostic Testing and Respiratory Services

Little Company's Respiratory Care Department offers detailed diagnostic testing and therapeutic procedures complemented by ongoing patient support in an understanding, caring atmosphere. We believe that we need to help you feel comfortable with your understanding of respiratory therapy procedures so you can obtain the best possible results and truly breathe easier.


Little Company of Mary offers the following procedures and therapies:




Pulmonary Function Testing: This is a series of breathing maneuvers that tell the doctor at what percentage your lungs are functioning and indicate your lungs' volume and capacity. These baseline studies are analyzed by computer and interpreted by our staff. The type of tests that help us determine your pulmonary function are: spirometry, lung volume determination, diffusing capacity, post-bronchodilator studies, bronchoprovocation testing, and bedside screening with flow volume loop. These tests usually can be performed in less than one hour and are painless. Tests are performed Monday through Friday 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m, 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Evening appointments are also available.


Oximetry Tests: The oximetry test measures the patient's blood oxygen level using a plastic device which fits onto the finger or earlobe over which a high-intensity light beam crosses. The light beam measures absorbance of the light by your blood, which gauges your blood's oxygen content. The test is done without taking any blood samples, is completely painless, and takes less than one minute.


Bronchoscopy: In this test, a doctor looks through a fiber-optic tube which has been passed into the throat and bronchial passages through which he or she can examine, take pictures or even remove tissue samples. There is very little discomfort to the patient and the test can be performed on an outpatient basis.


Sleep Tests: Many sleep problems are due to abnormal night time breathing. Many people without their knowledge, stop breathing repeatedly during the night. The Respiratory Care Department at Little Company of Mary operates our Sleep Disorders Center, to aid in the evaluation of patients with a broad array of sleep-related problems.




Once testing is complete, the physician may prescribe one of the following respiratory therapies:


Nebulizer Therapy: Opens constricted air passages, bronchial hygiene to drain various areas of the lungs


Sputum Induction: Generates sputum to collect for examination.


Outpatient therapy is offered from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. Inpatient therapy is available 24 hours a day. The Respiratory Care Department also offers a support group for patients with lung disease. Family members are welcome.


Respiratory Care Department

West Pavilion, First Floor


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