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Award-Winning Care Helps Patients Breathe Easier

The average person breathes 25,000 times a day, according to National Institutes of Health. However, for those coping with lung disease, it can be harder to get the oxygen they need. The medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is here to help patients with lung conditions live healthier, more active lives.

In February, the Cardiopulmonary Program at Texas Health Kaufman received the Quality
Respiratory Recognition Award from the American Association for Respiratory Care.

“To receive an award of this caliber is a great honor for our staff,” says Trisha Scarborough, R.R.T., manager of respiratory and physical therapy at Texas Health Kaufman. “However, meeting the requirements of this award reflects our staff’s commitment to provide excellent
care for all patients.”

To be considered for this award, the Cardiopulmonary Program had to meet certain criteria, including:

• 24-hour availability of respiratory therapy

• Certification for all respiratory therapists and technicians
• Designating a physician as the medical director of respiratory care services

No matter what kind of respiratory condition patients may be facing, they won’t need to travel far for the care they need.

“The respiratory therapy staff takes pride in providing safe, quality care, reducing the need for patients to travel out of the area,” Scarborough says. “The staff here at Texas Health
Kaufman has 94 years of combined experience in helping patients find the solutions they need.”

Approximately 35 million Americans live with some form of lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

When people first develop lung disease, they may not experience symptoms aside from feeling tired. Advanced symptoms may include:

• Chronic cough

• Coughing up blood or mucus

• Decreased ability to perform normal activities, such as exercise

• Discomfort or pain when breathing

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you or a loved one begins to experience any of these symptoms, consult your physician.

The Cardiopulmonary Program offers a variety of services to patients of all ages.

“The medical staff cares for patients with chronic lung conditions,” says Scarborough. “In addition to adults, the therapists care for premature infants and pediatric patients.”

The program provides treatment for conditions such as:

• Asthma

• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

• Lung cancer

Diagnostics, including pulmonary function testing, Holter monitors and arterial blood gases, are also available on site. Additionally, respiratory therapists are on standby as part of the rapid response and code blue teams who handle medical emergencies at the hospital.

For more information about respiratory services at Texas Health Kaufman, please call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Fall/Winter 2010)

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