Pulmonology & Respiratory Care

At Indiana University Health Blackford Hospital, our pulmonology and respiratory care physicians help you breathe easier so you can live well. We treat patients struggling with obstructive and restrictive pulmonary diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis and interstitial lung disease.

The expert pulmonology and respiratory care specialists at IU Health Blackford Hospital have undergone years of training to treat complex pulmonary diseases. Our multidisciplinary team of skilled healthcare professionals includes physicians, respiratory therapists and nurses who work together to provide you with comprehensive care.

Our highly qualified pulmonary and respiratory care team is ready to meet all of your respiratory care needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We develop a personalized treatment plan specifically for you that includes education, lifestyle changes and medicines.

When you need the most advanced treatment options in the state of Indiana, you may be referred to the physicians at the Indiana University Health Academic Health Center in Indianapolis. At these facilities, we have the technology to provide innovative surgical care, including lung transplants.

Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic services available at IU Health Blackford Hospital include:

  • Oxygen administration. Supplemental oxygen is provided utilizing different devices to best treat low blood oxygen levels, including nasal cannulas, masks and heated-high flow systems.
  • Aerosol and humidity therapy. This type of therapy is used for patients whose natural mechanism for heating and humidifying inspired gas has been bypassed or is not sufficient to prevent drying of the bronchial tubes.
  • Chest physiotherapy/Bronchial hygiene. Chest physiotherapy/Bronchial hygiene is used in order to assist the patient in clearing the lungs of congestion usually associated with respiratory infections or diseases that cause an accumulation of mucous that the patient has difficulty expelling.
  • Incentive spirometry. This is lung expansion therapy for the prevention and treatment of decreased lung volumes, most commonly associated with patients who are not able to adequately breathe deeply while being treated for lung infections or lung disease, as well as for patients after surgery.
  • CPR/Emergency care. We provide emergency life-saving interventions for those patients in cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. We provide continuous positive airway pressure to maintain an open airway using a mask for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and/or hypoxia (low oxygen levels in the body not responding to traditional supplemental oxygen).   
  • Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) therapy. This type of therapy provides positive pressure on inspiration and expiration that assists a patient having difficulty breathing or having trouble maintaining adequate oxygen levels and/or carbon dioxide levels in the blood.
  • Artificial airway care. This type of care is provided to a patient who has a tracheostomy or other airway tubes that aid in supporting his or her airway, such as an endotracheal tube (tube inserted through the mouth or nose).
  • Mechanical ventilation. We provide total support for non-breathing patients or for those who are not breathing adequately and are at risk for cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest.
  • Positive airway pressure therapy (PAP). This is a treatment where patients exhale against a resistance to aid in the clearing of lung congestion.
  • Administration of pharmacological agents. We provide aerosolized medications that are inhaled into the lungs to help make breathing easier by relaxing bronchial tubes. 
  • Pulse oximetry. During pulse oximetry, we monitor the oxygen levels in the blood to evaluate cardiopulmonary function either intermittently or continuously.
  • Arterial blood gas puncture and analysis. This is a blood test that uses oxygen rich blood from an artery to analyze the function of primarily the lungs and the kidneys.  

Better Breathers/Heart Savers Support Group

For patients in our community with heart and/or lung problems including but not limited to coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, COPD (includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis or asthma), pulmonary fibrosis or lung transplant.

The group meets on the third Monday of the month at 3:30pm – 4:30pm, March through November.