Lung & Pulmonary Care in Cortland
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
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.
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.
High Altitude Simulation Testing
Commercial airliner cabins have less oxygen than what is in the air at
ground level. If you rely on oxygen, this might prevent you from flying.
HAST testing is a simple procedure that allows the respiratory team to
simulate the physical environment of a commercial airliner to determine
your oxygen needs while in flight.
Nitric Oxide (NO) is a gas produced in the lungs in response to inflammation,
often seen in asthma patients. Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNo) testing is
done in less than five minutes to determine if a patient’s airways
are inflamed and if inhaled medications are working effectively.
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
At Cortland Regional, our “Commit-To-Quit” smoking cessation
classes are free and open to anyone in Cortland. Sessions are held onsite
at Cortland Regional. Participants receive a free supply of nicotine replacement
therapy and are strongly encouraged to attend all six sessions to improve
their chance of becoming tobacco free. For more information about upcoming
classes, call our Respiratory Care department 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
If you have any questions about any of our services, please call the Respiratory
Care Department at 607-756-3807.