Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy?

The Respiratory Program at Q’wemtsín Health Society focuses on early diagnosis of respiratory conditions as well as patient education for disease prevention. Community members with pre-existing lung conditions, smoking histories or anyone exposed to environmental air pollutants (Household or Work related) may benefit from pulmonary testing. A Respiratory Therapist can conduct a Spirometry test to see how efficiently a patient’s lungs and muscles of ventilation are working as well as seeing if certain medications benefit the patient or improve lung function. From there patients can be diagnosed, referred for more specific tests or further education can be provided. The education covered can help patients deal with chronic respiratory conditions, prevent respiratory illness, educate patients about their current respiratory medications as well as smoking cessation.