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Pulmonology and sleep medicine

Pulmonary services

The Labette Health pulmonary services department offers care to people with breathing and lung disorders. For most people, breathing is second nature. But for those who have any form of breathing disorder caused by injury or illnesses, such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis, each breath can be a major accomplishment.

Diagnostics

  • Sputum induction
    Produces a mucus sample for laboratory testing.
  • Pulse oximetry
    Determines if your body is getting enough oxygen.
  • Blood gas analysis
    Determines levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gasses in the blood.
  • Peak flow meter testing
    Measures how fast air comes out of your lungs. Read educational material on keeping a diary to track your home peak flow readings for management in an asthma action plan.
  • Pulmonary function testing
    Measures the volume of air in your lungs, your ability to move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs pass oxygen along to your body's tissues.
  • Sleep disorders center
    Provides sleep study testing in a comfortable lab to determine the patient's sleep problems and assist in setup of home CPAP unit for correction of obstructive sleep apnea.

Treatments

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Aerosol therapy
    Delivers medication to your lungs through a fine mist as you inhale.
  • Inhalers
    Delivers a pre-measured dose of medicine into your lungs.
  • Positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy
    Assists with mobilization of mucus out of the lungs and prevents lung problems after surgery.
  • Chest physio therapy (CPT)
    Loosens mucus in your lungs and allow you to cough productively.
  • Incentive spirometry therapy
    A deep breathing exercise to prevent lung problems after surgery.
  • Ventilators
    Assists and support the basic function of the lungs and are used to temporarily assist a patient who is having trouble breathing.

Sleep medicine

In 2006, the sleep lab at Labette Health became the first facility in Southeast Kansas to be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We have helped thousands to understand their sleep disorders and receive treatment to return to natural rhythms.

Our most commonstudy tool is a polysomnogram, a noninvasive test in which small sensors attached to the body, monitor and record brain waves, heart rhythms, breathing, muscle activity, and leg and eye movements. Other types of studies may be necessary to diagnose and treat specific conditions once they have been identified.

Sleep lab patients spend the night in one of two quiet sleep suites equipped with comfortable, queen-sized beds. Sleep-study patients begin their testing in the evening and leave the following morning.A breakfast coupon is provided. Studies are available Monday through Wednesday.

Reports containing the study results will be provided to the referring physician, usually within a week.

If you show any symptoms of the disorders listed in the test, the sleep lab at Labette Health can assist you.