Pulmonology & Respiratory Care

Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital Pulmonology & Respiratory Care helps you breathe easier so you can live well. Our specialized physicians have undergone years of training to treat complex pulmonary diseases.

Respiratory care is a healthcare occupation comprised of practitioners who, under physician's supervision, are trained to actively participate in the care of patients, especially the method of treatment of cardiopulmonary function. Our multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals includes pulmonologists, critical care physicians, sleep medicine physicians, respiratory therapists and nurses, enabling us to provide comprehensive care.

The practice of respiratory care encompasses diagnosis, therapy, administration and education. Our expert physicians treat a wide range of conditions including asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. We develop personalized treatment plans including education, lifestyle changes and medicines.

IU Health Bedford Hospital Pulmonology & Respiratory Care provides services to adult and pediatric patients in three service areas: clinical, diagnostic and medical team service.

Clinical Services

IU Health Bedford Hospital Pulmonology & Respiratory Care provides a number of clinical aspects of respiratory care, including:

  • Mechanical ventilation (conventional, non-invasive and frequency)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Airway management
  • Delivery of aerosolized medicines
  • Bronchopulmonary hygiene (a technique for helping clear mucus from the airways)
  • Arterial blood gas sampling
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Oxygen and specialty medical gas administration

In addition to these services, we also provide patient consultations, internal and external transports and home care discharge planning.

Diagnostic Services

IU Health Bedford Hospital Pulmonology & Respiratory Care provides a variety of diagnostic respiratory care services, including:

  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Medicated aerosol delivery
  • Arterial blood gas analysis

Medical Team Services

The IU Health Bedford Hospital Pulmonology & Respiratory Care staff provides daily patient assessment for patients with a team approach to treatment. Respiratory staff members measure the efficiency of cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.

Basic therapies offered include:

  • Administration of bronchodilators (inhaler-type medicines that open the airways)
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Chest physical therapy
  • Pulmonary function tests, including incentive spirometry and oximetry
  • Ventilator and airway management
  • Transcutaneous monitoring of blood oxygen levels
  • Intubations
  • CPR instruction

IU Health Bedford Hospital Pulmonology & Respiratory Care is a support service that works with a team of healthcare professionals to deliver the most advanced care available.