Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital's Cardiopulmonary Department is a team of licensed Respiratory Care practitioners who provide therapeutic and diagnostic respiratory and cardiac care services for inpatients, outpatients, and long-term care residents to improve the quality of health and life.

We serve patients of all ages and meet the patient's care needs by providing diagnostic evaluation, therapy and education to the patient, family and the public.

The scope and complexity of patient care needs met by this department include diagnostic activities such as obtaining and analyzing physiologic specimens, interpreting physiologic data and performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system.

Therapy provided includes thorough assessment by chart review, patient and family interviews, administration of medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases and environmental control systems), artificial airway care, mechanical ventilation support, bronchopulmonary hygiene, pharmacological agents related to respiratory care procedures and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Respiratory Therapy is a support service that is utilized by all patient care departments throughout the hospital. The Cardiopulmonary Department is staffed 24 hours per day.