Respiratory Therapy

OU Medical Center Edmond provides pulmonary support to our inpatients and in an outpatient setting through our Cardiopulmonary Department. Treatments are administered by our trained cardiopulmonary staff under the guidance of a physician and are designed around the medical needs of each individual patient.

Our respiratory therapists have over a hundred years experience in evaluating, treating, and caring for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Once a course of treatment is developed, the respiratory therapy department takes on the responsibility of all respiratory care, including therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. Because of our diligence and teamwork with our nursing team, OU Medical Center Edmond has not experienced a single case of ventilator assisted pneumonia, a common hospital acquired infection, in five years. Nationally, 23 percent of patients on a ventilator will acquire this infection during their hospital stay, so our diligence and teamwork has benefited our patients substantially.

The Cardiopulmonary Department cares for patients with a variety of medical needs. Some patients or situations that may need respiratory therapy include:

  • Intensive Care patients

  • Heart Attack/Stroke victims

  • Chronic Asthma

  • Emphysema

  • Bronchitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Trauma victims

  • COPD

  • Elderly patients

In addition to providing an individualized treatment program, the Respiratory Therapy department sponsors the Better Breathers Club, a breathing support group that meets monthly. These meetings cover a variety of breathing related topics and disorders. Meetings are held the first Thursdays of every month at noon. The group meets in the Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Conference Room 1. For more information, please call 341-6100, ext. 5440.