Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care
Cortland Regional’s Respiratory Care Department is here to help you improve and manage your lung health.  Our New York State licensed Registered and Certified Respiratory Therapists provide diagnostic and therapeutic services and treatments for both inpatients and outpatients. Stressing the use of evidence-based medicine and well-researched best practices, our staff works to help our patients achieve a higher level of wellness through greater understanding of disease process and the proper application of therapeutic treatments.

Inpatient Respiratory Services
Cortland Regional's Respiratory Care team is responsible for all invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation as well as different therapeutic modalities used to treat respiratory conditions. Respiratory Therapists are members of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation team, the Rapid Response Team and the Medical Response Team to serve the emergent needs of our patients and visitors.

Respiratory care services include:

  • Bronchodilator therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Chest physical therapy
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Ventilatory support
  • Lung expansion therapy
  • Home oxygen qualifications
  • Respiratory medication usage
  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis


Outpatient Respiratory Treatments & Technology

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
Pulmonary function tests measure how well your lungs work. This includes how much air your lungs can hold and how easy or difficult it is to take breaths. These tests can also help diagnose lung disease and help monitor the severity of lung disease as well as how well your lungs respond to treatments.

Full-service testing is offered at our state-of-the-art pulmonary lab, staffed by specially-trained Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Arterial Blood Gas Test
To gain a better understanding of lung function, an arterial blood draw may be ordered. This procedure requires blood drawn from an artery rather than a vein in order to measure how well your lungs take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide and how those values effect the body overall.

Nocturnal Oximetry
This test monitors your oxygen level overnight at home. The data is then reported to your healthcare provider for evaluation and to determine if further testing is necessary.

Respiratory Education Services

“Commit-To-Quit” FREE Smoking Cessation Classes

Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of disease, disability and death on the United States

  • 480,000 (1 in 5) deaths per year including the more than 41,000 just from secondhand smoke exposure.
  • 1,300 deaths every day.
  • 21.5% of Cortland County’s residents are daily smokers
  • Today Cortland County remains above the national average of 19%.

Many smokers believe that quitting smoking is impossible, but actually you have the ability to quit right now if you want to. By understanding the effects of smoking and how to handle the emotional and behavioral aspects of smoking, you can quit.

At Cortland Regional, our “Commit-To-Quit” smoking cessation classes are 6 weeks in length and are focused on helping smokers become "Tobacco Free for Life" through life style changes.

Location: Cortland Regional, 2nd floor, 2B Meeting Room
Dates: Tuesday, January 31 to March 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

To register or for more information, please call Respiratory Care at (607) 756 3807 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.,  Monday through Friday, or call Bill Bilka, Respiratory Therapy Director, at (607) 756-3810.   

Community Outreach & Education

Our Respiratory Therapists work closely with the NYS Department of Health, the American Lung Association as well as local schools, businesses and other community services to provide education and awareness of the different lung disorders, symptom identifiers and overall lung wellness.

Screening for Respiratory Conditions
Respiratory Therapists frequently participate in community events throughout the year, offering free screenings for asthma, C.O.P.D. and other lung conditions.

If you have any questions about any of our services, please call the Respiratory Care Department at (607)756-3807.