Breathe Easy During National
Respiratory Therapist Week
– The week of October
20-26 is Respiratory Care Week, an annual event that recognizes the respiratory
care profession and promotes awareness of lung health issues and practices. Henry County
Medical Center is proud to recognize our respiratory therapists during this
week, and proud to highlight the contributions they make.
respiratory therapist treats people who have breathing or cardiopulmonary
problems. Among their patients are premature infants whose lungs are
underdeveloped and children and adults who have lung diseases such as cystic
fibrosis, asthma and COPD.
interviewing and examining a patient, and upon consultation with a physician,
he or she will develop a treatment plan. This plan may include removing mucus
from a patient's lungs or inserting a ventilation tube into the patient's
windpipe and connecting it to a machine that delivers oxygen. A respiratory therapist also delivers
emergency care to heart attack and drowning victims or to people in shock.
Department at Henry County Medical Center works closely with Pulmonologist, Susan
Garwood, MD, offering studies for breathing issues.
“We are here to assist you when your doctor orders breathing tests or PFT’s to
evaluate lung disease,” said Tony Fry, RRT and Director of Cardiopulmonary Services.
“Sleep studies can pinpoint breathing problems during sleep such as Obstructive
Sleep Apnea that can create and or aggravate chronic health problems such as
hypertension, diabetes, COPD, and Cardiovascular disease.”
We are also proud to announce that
the recent expansion of the Sleep Disorders Center is now complete. The Sleep Disorders
Center is located on the ground floor of the Henry County Medical Center, next
to Cardiac Rehab. The Center underwent
an expansion from two to four beds to better meet the needs of our
patients. If you have any questions
about sleep disorders or if you need a sleep study, please contact Fry, at
731-644-8274. If you need to schedule a
physician referred test, call 731-644-8486.
For more information on respiratory therapy or other cardiopulmonary
services, please call 731-644-8273.
Located in Paris, TN,
Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare
organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the
adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the
medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient
care. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit
institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.