Pulmonary Care Services

Providing a full-range of diagnostic and treatment services for conditions related to the lungs

Our pulmonologists have expertise in a wide range of breathing and lung conditions including structural, inflammatory, infectious, and neoplastic disorders of the lung parenchyma, pleura and airways, pulmonary vascular disease and its effect on the cardiovascular system, and detection and prevention of occupational and environmental causes of lung disease. Our team is on hand to quickly respond to the needs of any patient experiencing breathing trouble, whether it be temporary or chronic. 

Worried about the quality of your sleep? We operate two sleep labs in Columbia, SC. Learn about our sleep studies here.

Inpatient Pulmonary Care 

The Respiratory Care Department is an important part of the healthcare team. Respiratory Therapists have strong critical thinking skills that enable them to effectively assess their patients. You can find them in all areas of the hospital, including both critical and non-critical areas. They work under the direction of medical doctors to ensure that they meet the unique needs of their patients while providing exceptional care, they take pride in delivering quality care, and they can be trusted with every breath.

Pulmonary Services include:

  • Airway Management: A set of fundamental skills used to prevent and relieve airway obstruction.
  • BiPAP/CPAP: Noninvasive therapies used to assist patients with breathing and also helps to aid in sleep apnea disorders.
  • Breathing Exercises: The utilization of incentive spirometer and PEP devices to help facilitate airway clearance.
  • Bronchoscopy: Procedure used to look into the lungs to help diagnose diseases.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: An emergency procedure that consist of a combination of chest compressions and breathing in life threatening situations.
  • Chest Physiotherapy: Percussion and vibration on the chest wall to aid in the removal of secretions.
  • Mechanical Ventilation (Life Support): An invasive therapy that assist with patient’s breathing.
  • Medication Therapy: Breathing treatments in the form of nebulized medications and MDIs (meter dose inhalers) to get medications directly to the lungs.
  • Peak Flow: A test used to determine air flow in and out of the lungs.
  • Pulmonary Function Test: A group of tests that measure air flows and volumes to help determine how well the lungs are working.
  • Pulse Oximetry: Noninvasive method of measuring the oxygen level in the blood.

Outpatient Pulmonary Care

Pulmonary Rehabilitation uses exercise and education to help lung patients return to full, active lives more comfortably, quickly, and safely. Providence Health's pulmonary rehab program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), marking it as a leader for offering "the most advanced practices available.” Read more about our Pulmonary Rehab with our online brochure below or by visiting our Cardiopulmoary Rehab page.