Respiratory Care at Avera St. Luke's
Our Respiratory Therapy Department at Avera St. Luke's offers:
Complete Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs)
These tests measure the function of the lungs. The therapist is able to provide information about the amount of air a person’s lungs can hold and how effectively the lungs work. Test results can help the physician confirm lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema, and monitor the effectiveness of the treatment prescribed.
Comprehensive Sleep Lab
Avera St. Luke's Sleep Lab can help people find out why they struggle to sleep. Registered Polysomnographic Technologists work to monitor a patient’s sleep patterns and rule out sleep disorders, including different types of sleep apnea. When appropriate, the technologist may initialize CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) and help find the appropriate settings to meet a patient’s needs
Avera St. Luke’s Sleep Lab, now located on Third Floor North, has been completely remodeled and upgraded.
It’s grown to four individual sleep labs, all with comfy beds and bedding, soft lighting, recliners, private bathrooms and showers, a homey atmosphere and even a welcome kit. The Sleep Lab is open up to five nights a week.
For information, call 605-622-5357.
For appointments (physician's order necessary), call Centralized Scheduling at 605-622-5556.
This allows therapists to monitor individuals who may have a seizure or other neurological disorder, such as blackouts. When needed, the therapist can also use a photo stimulation to test for certain disorders.
Certified Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
This program involves a multi-disciplinary approach and individually tailored program for individuals with lung disease. Through educational sessions combined with physical conditioning, individuals are able to lead a full and satisfying life.
Twenty-four-hour coverage by certified therapists includes arterial blood gas sampling and analysis, pulse oximetery, bronchopulmonary drainage, medication administration, patient education, ventilator management, and airway maintenance.
Call 605-622-5548 for more information.