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Respiratory Services

The team of health care team professionals of North Oaks Respiratory Services manages the healing of patients afflicted with a respiratory or pulmonary disease such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), fibrosis or emphysema.

All of our therapists are licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and have graduated from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program.  Our therapists work in the critical care areas of the hospital, including the Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Emergency Department (ED).  

Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • BPAP and CPAP therapy
  • Lung expansion therapy
  • Nitric Oxide for pulmonary hypertension
  • Extubation and patient strengthening post-Cardiac Bypass
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Attendance at high risk deliveries
  • Maintenance of premature infant airways
  • Mechanical Ventilator management
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Blood gas testing
  • Pneumogram (premature infant sleep study)
Emergency Department (ED)
  • Assist the physicians, nurses and staff with emergent care patients
  • Maintain patient airways during Code Blue
  • Members of the Rapid Response team
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
North Oaks Health System's Respiratory Care Services offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation services  to patients diagnosed with a pulmonary disease to help speed their recovery and improve quality of life.  

Pulmonary Rehabilitation services are conducted and supervised by teams of qualified health care professionals, and may include exercise, education, and counseling  to help patients:
  • Learn to breathe more effectively
  • Reduce or control their symptoms
  • Improve their tolerance to exercise and activity
  • Understand their medications and importance of using them properly
  • Continue working or return to work
  • Decrease their frequency of hospitalizations and medical care costs
  • Improve their quality of life.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation uses a comprehensive Three-Phase approach.
  • Phase I: Individualized inpatient education and exercise
  • Phase II: 6-8 week outpatient education and reconditioning
  • Phase III: Outpatient exercise maintenance.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation can be helpful to patients diagnosed with:  
  • Asbestosis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Post inflammatory pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung transplant.
Patients must:
  • Have a diagnosis of a symptomatic pulmonary disease
  • Be referred by a physician
  • Provide adequate financial coverage (private insurance, Medicare or private pay)
  • Have had a pulmonary function test within the last year.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has been certified since 2000 with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a pulmonary disease and is interested in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, please call North Oaks Health System’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at (985) 230-2020.