Singing River Health System’s respiratory care department provides services to general floors, medical, surgical and neuro ICU, emergency department, pulmonary rehabilitation and pulmonary function test labs at Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital.
Singing River Health System respiratory therapists are committed to ensuring quality outcomes, following evidence-based practice guidelines, policies and protocols in multiple areas throughout the hospital. They also play an integral role in the rapid response team where they assess patients and provide critical care at the bedside.
In the Intensive Care Units, respiratory therapists have a hands-on role in ventilator management. Therapists set-up, initiate and maintain invasive and non-invasive ventilation for patients. They also partner with the pulmonary physicians and a multidisciplinary team to observe ventilator management and discuss patient conditions.
Respiratory therapists also provide care throughout the hospital divisions. They are actively involved in evaluating, treating and monitoring patients with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders and consulting with physicians. They also update patient care plans and conduct diagnostic testing at the bedside including measuring lung function.