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.

Inpatient Services 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.


Outpatient Services 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


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: 718-206-7126 Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.