The Respiratory Therapy department helps patients breathe easier using treatments to preserve or improve the pulmonary or lung function of the patient. Respiratory Therapy provides treatment for emphysema, croup, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, atelectasis and chest traumas. Staff treats inpatients and outpatients of all ages, from infants to seniors.

The Van Diest Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering full-service respiratory therapy.  All staff Respiratory Therapists hold national credentials of RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) or CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) and are licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioners by the State of Iowa. Respiratory Therapists assist in the care and treatment of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders such as emphysema, asthma, COPD, pneumonia, and RSV.

Inpatient and Outpatient Services:
  • Full ventilatory support
  • BiPAP therapy
  • CPAP therapy
  • Nebulizer therapy
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • VEST therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Flutter therapy
  • Arterial blood gas analysis
  • SaO2 monitoring
  • RSV testing
  • Limited pulmonary function studies
  • ECG’s
  • Holter monitoring
  • Apnea monitoring
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Heated/cool aerosol therapy
  • Carbon monoxide testing
  • Patient education
For more information, please call 515-832-7870.