Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Department is committed to helping individuals improve and manage their lung health. At Cortland Regional, Registered and Certified Respiratory Therapists, Licensed by New York State, 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 is able 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

Respiratory Care staff are 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 Critical Assessment Team (C.A.T.) 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 the lungs work. This includes how much air your lungs can hold and how easy or difficult it is to breath in-and-out. These tests also help to diagnose lung disease and help to monitor both the severity of lung disease and how well your lungs respond to treatments. A full array of testing is offered at our state-of-the-art pulmonary lab which is staffed by Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners specially trained to administer the pulmonary function tests.

Impulse Oscillometry System (IOS)...PFT's For Children

CRMC's Respiratory Care Department was the first in Central New York to offer IOS Technology. This innovative system is used in diagnosing and monitoring respiratory such as asthma in children as young as age 3. Utilizing sound waves, this painless and relatively quick procedure allows medical professionals to obtain a highly accurate picture of the respiratory system.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

For people with emphysema and/or C.O.P.D. there is no worse feeling than being “short of breath” or that you “can’t get your breath”. The 12-week Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is designed to help you overcome these feelings of breathlessness through exercise training and education. During each session a Respiratory Therapist will constantly monitor and evaluate your progress towards increased physical conditioning, alleviating symptoms and improving your quality of life.

Our program is Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). We are one of 10 Certified programs in Upstate New York and the only Certified program in Cortland, Tompkins, Chenango and Cayuga counties

Arterial Blood Gas Test

To gain a better understanding of lung functions, 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 a patient's oxygen level overnight in their own home. The data is then reported to the patient's healthcare provider for evaluation and to determine if further testing is necessary.

Respiratory Education Services

FREE Smoking Cessation Classes

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

  • 1 out of 5 people die each year from smoking.
  • Over 400,000 people die each year from smoking related illnesses.
  • Nearly 50,000 nonsmokers die annually from secondhand smoke exposure.

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: 2nd Floor, 2C Meeting Room
Time: 6pm - 7:15pm, Tuesday
Date: April 5th - May 10th

To register or get more information, call Respiratory Care at (607) 756-3807, Monday - Friday, 8am - 3pm.

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Community Outreach & Education

Our Respiratory Therapists work closely with the NYS Department of Health, the American Lung Association, the annual Great American Smokeout Event, 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.