Asthma Support

Youth with asthma can gain education and resources from the Southeast County Asthma Management Project (SECAMP). To find out more, call the SEACAMP coordinator at 425.228.3440, ext. 3497.

The Respiratory Care department at Valley Medical Center provides a comprehensive program of respiratory care service to both inpatients and outpatients with known or suspected pulmonary disease or dysfunction. All services at the Respiratory Care department are provided by respiratory care practitioners credentialed by the state of Washington.

Respiratory care is an allied health specialty that is employed in the treatment, management, control, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with respiration. These functions are accomplished by therapeutic administration of oxygen, rehabilitation techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and maintenance of natural and artificial airways. Specific tests are performed to assist physicians in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating patients. These tests include measuring ventilatory volumes, pressures, and flows and analyzing blood and respiratory gases.

Inpatient Therapeutic Services

  • Aerosol therapy
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Bronchodilator therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Suctioning
  • Tube care
  • Continuous ventilatory care
  • Continuous positive airway pressure
  • Emergency resuscitation code team
  • Bronchoscopy set-up and assist

Inpatient Diagnostic Services

  • Arterial puncture
  • Aline blood draw
  • Blood analysis
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Peak flow
  • Patient assessment
  • Spontaneous parameters
  • Bedside baseline pulmonary function testing

Outpatient Therapeutic Services

  • Aerosol therapy
  • Patient education

Outpatient Diagnostic Services

  • Spirometry
  • Lung volumes
  • Diffusing capacity
  • Maximal pressures
  • Methacholine challenge

Related Services

Pulmonary Rehabilitation: 425.251.5137