Respiratory Care (Cardiopulmonary Medicine)

Expert care for breathing and lung disorders

Highlands Regional provides a wide variety of diagnostic, preventive and treatment services for diseases that affect breathing and lung function. The Cardiopulmonary Department, under direct supervision of a board certified physician in the field of Pulmonary Disease, specializes in providing optimal care to all patients, ranging from adults to infants, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Highlands Regional assists all in reaching their fullest recovery potential by promoting appropriate treatment regimens and educational components.

Highlands Regional pulmonary doctors (pulmonologists) work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of specialists, including cardiologists, interventional radiologists, surgeons, therapists and other health care professionals to provide comprehensive care for conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism and hypertension
  • Sleep apnea

All of the therapists are credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care, and licensed by the state of Florida. The therapists are certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support to give our population of patients the highest quality of care.

Breathing treatment services

The Highlands Regional Medical Center Laboratory provides College of American Pathologists accredited Blood Gas Laboratory with service 24 hours a day. Our pulmonary specialists provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient breathing treatment services, including:

  • Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis
  • Bronchial hygiene therapy
  • Evaluation for home care needs, including patient education, and referrals for oxygen and respiratory therapy equipment
  • Lung function studies
  • Oxygen studies, including nighttime, exercise and resting studies
  • Pulmonary Function Studiies
  • Nebulizer Treatments
  • Non-Invasive positive pressure breathing treatments
  • Non-Invasive ventilation (BiPAP, CPAP)
  • Chest physiotherapy/postural drainage
  • 02 management/support
  • Ventilator management/support
  • Pulse oximetry/Overnight oximetry
  • Tracheal/nasophargyneal intubation
  • Tracheal/nasophargyneal extubation
  • Tracheal/nasophargyneal suctioning
  • EZPAP therapy
  • EKG, Treadmill stress testing
  • Thallium TMST
  • Arabella Infant Nasal CPAP 

The Cardiopulmonary Department in conjunction with the Emergency Room has introduced the ResQPODÔ device for patient’s that enter the ER in cardiac arrest.  The ResQPODÔ, an impedance threshold device (ITD), utilizes the interdependence of the body’s respiratory and circulatory systems to create a vacuum (negative pressure) within the chest during the recoil phase of CPR, which follows each chest compression. The ResQPODÔ prevents the influx of respiratory gases into the chest during the chest wall recoil (relaxation or decompression) phase, which lowers the intrathoracic pressure and draws more venous blood back to the heart. Improved blood return to the heart (preload) results in improved blood flow out of the heart (cardiac output) during the subsequent compression. 

For more information on Highlands Regional Cardiopulmonary Department, call (863) 385-6101, ext. 5374.

Pulmonary Disease