Respiratory Therapy

medical-svs-respiratory-therapy2Respiratory Therapists are specially trained care professionals working under the Physician orders to provide care to patients with bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, emphysema, shortness of breath, sleep apnea, cystic fibrosis, and other lung or lung-related conditions.

Available at Community Medical Center is the capability for Pulmonary Function Testing, Sleep Studies, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, patient education and different therapy modalities.

All Staff Therapists hold national credentials as Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), and are licensed to practice as Respiratory Care Practitioners in the state of Nebraska.

Community Medical Center has 3 full-time staff therapists providing 24/7 coverage 7 days per week.

To speak to someone regarding questions, please call 402-245-6553.

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)

Pulmonary Function Testing is a series of tests done that measure lung volumes. Once interpreted by a specialty physician, this test helps in the diagnosis of specific lung diseases.

Sleep Study

Sleep Study testing is performed overnight in comfortable rooms. This test helps diagnose sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Respiratory Therapy staff includes: Kendra Douglas,CRT; Julie Wilcox, CRT; Macie Kuker, RRT
Respiratory Therapy staff includes: Kendra Douglas,CRT; Julie Wilcox, CRT; Macie Kuker, RRT

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a class offered twice per week. This class caters to those who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or other specific breathing difficulties. This class offers the benefit of lung exercise monitored by a Registered Nurse and Respiratory Therapist. Pulmonary Rehab sets and works toward reaching goals to decrease shortness of breath and increase lung endurance.

Patient Education

Personalized education and materials is available for all services provided in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation department, including CPAP, MDI technique, Oxygen use, Breathing re-training, and Asthma management.

Therapy Modalities

Other treatments may include aerosol treatments, MDI, Incentive Spirometry, Chest Percussion, Oxygen Therapy, Oxygen Monitoring, Vest Therapy, and others.