Republic County Hospital respiratory care therapists evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders, on a one-on-one basis, with sensitivity to the physical and psychological needs of the residents of North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska.
The Respiratory Department is JCAHO accredited and the Blood Gas Laboratory Services is CLIA Certified and JCAHO accredited.
Patient care services performed by RCH Respiratory Therapists treat all types of patients, ranging from newborns to elderly people. RCH RTs provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema and emergency care services to inpatients, outpatients and nursing home residents. RCH Respiratory Care department also offers the extended services of 24 hour Holter monitoring, pulmonary function testing, arterial/venous blood gases, and assisting with all obstetrical deliveries including immediate neonatal assessment and care. RT staff is also in attendance of code blue and ventilator patients.
The RCH RT is headed by Dr. Walker and and the Blood Gas Laboratory is headed by RCH Laboratory Services Supervisor and Director. Other personnel consist of three full-time, two part-time, and three p.r.n. therapists.
The Respiratory Care is a 24-hour in-house department operating seven days a week. Our regular hours are from Sunday to Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. After hours coverage is provided by on-call therapists.
RCH Respiratory Care implements various modalitites to help facilitate the treatment of certain lung diseases and to achieve the highest performance level for patients on a daily living basis. These modalities include:
Quit smoking Education
Arterial Blood Gases
Pulmonary Function Testing
24 hour Holter Monitoring
RCH Respiratory therapists continually update
their skills and education to provide updated and effective treatments
and procedures. They also maintain current certification in the
Advanced Cardiac Life Support ( ACLS)
Neonatal resuscitation Program (NRP)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Basic Life Support (CPR-BLS)