With the world enduring through the Coronavirus Epidemic it could be said that never before in the history of modern medical treatment has the skills of a respiratory therapist been so vital to the recovery of the patients they come in contact with. Go to any hospital in America over the past several months and you would find virtually every floor full of patients suffering from respiratory illnesses.
Fortunately for local residents, the Jackson Parish Hospital employs the services of one of the best staff in the industry under the direction of Respiratory Manager, Teresa Jones. They are a very dedicated group of respiratory therapists serving our community 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and are credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME). Per information provided by usafacts.org (see below) which provides parish by parish statistics as a result of their abilities and care, Jackson Parish has one of the better recovery rates among COVID-19 infections anywhere in the state.
Not familiar with what does a respiratory therapist actually does? They have quite a broad scope of practice within the hospital. Daily responsibilities include various respiratory care modalities in the treatment of pulmonary diseases as well as advanced critical care procedures, including the use of advanced diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients. They conduct preliminary examinations on patients suspected of having respiratory ailments and collaborate with attending physicians to come up with patient treatment plans.
As part of their work, they also administer respiratory therapy treatments by performing nebulization of bronchodilators and corticosteroids, bronchopulmonary drainage, administering oxygen, assisting with breathing exercises, mechanical ventilation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and monitoring physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes. Each one of these treatments is designed to ensure that a patient’s lungs operate efficiently and effectively when it comes to supplying oxygen to the body, and if the lungs aren’t fully capable, providing the necessary support to make up for the shortfall until the lungs are capable of operating independently again.
At the Jackson Parish Hospital, you can take advantage of the following outpatient services:
- Holter Monitor (Heart monitor usually run continuously 24 – 72 hours in the comfort of your home)
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Breathing Treatments
- Chest Percussion Therapy
- Pulse Oximetry
- Arterial Blood Gases
- Incentive Spirometry
- Peak Flows
- Pulmonary Education
For complete parish by parish stats on number of COVID-19 cases vs. number of deaths go to: