The Respiratory Care Department at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center is a 24-hour a day division of the hospital comprised of NYS licensed respiratory therapists. Respiratory Therapists are essential members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team who work in collaboration with the physicians and nurses to provide compassionate, high-quality care to all areas of the hospital – both inpatient and outpatient – and to all neonatal, pediatric, adult and geriatric populations.

Respiratory therapists at the hospital provide conventional as well as the most advanced therapies within the field of respiratory care. The hospital is a recipient of the ‘Quality Respiratory Care Recognition’ seal awarded by the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), the professional organization of respiratory therapists. The hospital has received this honor for “superior provision of service” to patients receiving respiratory care services.

Inpatient responsibilities include:
Airway Management: including endotracheal intubation and tracheal tube replacement
Initiation and management of all patients receiving invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation
Application of a comprehensive ventilator weaning program for all adult patients
Advanced modalities such as high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) and nitric oxide administration for our neonates
Aerosol medication and oxygen therapies
Patient Education
Diagnostic Procedures: sputum induction, bedside spirometry, arterial punctures, bronchoscopy assistance
Operation of a blood gas laboratory which is fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), overseen by a technical director with medical direction provided by a board certified pathologist. Tests include ph/blood gas, cooximetry and electrolyte analysis.

For physicians requiring the services of a highly qualified respiratory therapist, simply page beeper # 12920.

Outpatient responsibilities include:
Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) – tests/duties include:
Bronchospasmic evaluation: spirometry pre/post bronchodilator
Bronchial Provocation via methacholine or cold air challenge
Thoracic Gas Volumes via nitrogen washout
Pulmonary Diffusion Capacity
Simple pulmonary stress test: 6 minute walk and exercise testing
Pulmonary stress test complex
Pulse Oximetry – at rest and at exercise
Arterial blood gas/cooximetry/electrolye analysis
Pulmonary Rehabilitation (funding dependant)
Tobacco Cessation counseling
Participate in research protocols
Participation in the Chest, Asthma, and Sleep Disorders Clinics
Bronchoscopy* assistance: Diagnostic, Biopsies, Transbronchial, Pulmonary Stents et al.

*Including: bronchial thermoplasty – 1 of only 3 hospitals in NYS. The only one in Queens

*If your physician has ordered for you to undergo pulmonary function testing and you would like your test to be performed by a highly professional and compassionate individual, please call to make an appointment at:

718-206-7126Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*All tests are performed by licensed respiratory therapists specially trained and specially credentialed in the field of pulmonary function testing by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

*All tests are reviewed and interpreted by experienced board certified pulmonologists.