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Pulmonary Medicine & Respiratory Care Services

Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Care addresses a broad spectrum of conditions that affect the way we breathe. Our lung specialists, including pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, and respiratory therapists, provide comprehensive care to patients suffering from a broad spectrum of illnesses including pneumonia, bronchitis, ARDS, H1N1, asthma (restrictive and obstructive) and neuromuscular disorders as well as provide support for patients recovering from surgery, trauma, cardiac/respiratory arrest and metabolic disorders.

The Pulmonary Functions Laboratory provides diagnostic screening and state-of-the-art testing that assists our medical staff in the diagnosis of lung conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. The specialty tests provided include:

    Basic to Comprehensive Pulmonary Function Testing
    • Diffusing Capacity and Nitrogen Washout
    • High Altitude Simulation Test
    • Bronchoprovocation Methacholine Challenge
    • Oxygen Consumption Exercise Studies
    • Walking Oxygen Study

The Pulmonary Functions Laboratory provides comprehensive diagnostic services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Located on the second floor at Good Samaritan Hospital, the Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) laboratory is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more information, contact (213) 977-2206 or (213) 977-2260.

The Respiratory Care Department at Good Samaritan Hospital assists in improving pulmonary function and quality of life for many people. Respiratory care is provided 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to patients ranging in age from newborn to seniors. Every member of the respiratory care team holds national certification/registration and is licensed by the State of California as a Respiratory Care Practitioner and is BLS, and ACLS or NRP certified depending on their area of care, either adults or neonatal.

Our respiratory care staff also provides these therapeutic services to its patients:

  • Patient Assessment and Education
  • Bronchodilator Therapy
  • Pulmonary Hygiene Therapy
  • Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
  • Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
  • Oxygen Therapy with Monitoring
  • Ambulation assistance
  • Troponin Analysis in Emergency Dept
  • Chest Physiotherapy/Percussive Therapy
  • Arterial Blood Gas/Electrolyte Analysis
  • Research studies on various new equipment and new treatment modalities
  • Internal & External Transports
  • Bronchoscopy Assist
  • Neonatal Services:
    • Oxygen Delivery
    • Non-invasive Ventilation
    • High Frequency Oscillator Ventilation
    • High Frequency Jet Ventilation
    • Inhaled Nitric Oxide Delivery
    • Attend High Risk and all Cesarean Section Deliveries
    • Infant CPR and Home Oxygen Instruction

At Good Samaritan Hospital, some of the most advanced treatments are used to manage conditions, alleviate symptoms and, in some cases, cure patients. We also accept referrals to our Better Breathers Program for outpatients to better understand their disease process and how to manage it. For more information about Pulmonary Function & Respiratory Therapy Department call (213) 977-2201 or (213) 977-2260.

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