Respiratory Services are provided to patients of all ages groups (neonatal-
geriatric) and are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. These
services are provided in multiple patient care settings, including critical
care, delivery room, emergency department, inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic
lab settings. Respiratory Care is specifically focused on the assessment,
treatment, management, control, diagnostic evauation, education, and care
of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary
system. We provide services to patients with a wide variety of conditions,
using many advanced therapies.
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- Airway clearance therapies
- Inhaled nitric oxide
- Administration of inhaled medications
- Advanced modes of mechanical ventiation
- Airway management
- ARDSnet protocol
The Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Services at Huntington Hospital is a modern
testing center which utilizes state of the art technology. Our staff are
credentialed Registered Pulmonary Function Technicians (RPFT) and or Certified
Pulmonary Function Technicians (CPFT), NIOSH Certified, and state licensed
Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP). The testing services we provide
may be used for Pediatric patients ranging from 7 years of age through
Geriatrics. Tests include;
- Pulmonary Function Tests - These provide an assessment of lung health.
Testing is used to diagnose the severity of lung disease, pre-surgical
risk assessment, the monitoring of chronic lung disease over time, and
your response to medicines and therapies ordered by you doctor, assessment
of the effects or response to environmental and/or occupational exposure,
and assessment of impairment or disability. Specific tests include; Spirometry,
Bronchospasm Evaluation, Bronchial Provocation, MIP-MEP, and Complete
Pulmonary Function Tests.
- Cardiopulmonary Exercise Tests - These provide an assessment of your cardiopulmonary
health. These tests include; your exercise capacity, evaluation of shortness
of breath, the extent of impairment in disability evaluations, your response
to medicines and therapy ordered by your doctor, pre-surgical risk for
major chest or abdominal surgery, and to create exercise prescriptions
for lung or heart rehabilitation.
- Six Minute Walk Test - This test may be used as a one-time measure of your
exercise capacity and fitness. It is also useful for determining your
response to medicines and therapies ordered by you doctor.
- High Altitude Simulation Tests (HAST) - These can aid in the assessment
of patients with known or suspected lung disease who are at risk for developing
shortness of breath due to low oxygen during planned air travel or vacations
at higher elevations. We simulate oxygen levels found at 8,000 feet to
determine if you develop decreased oxygen. We can then determine how much
oxygen provided is needed to maintain adequate oxygenation during a commercial
airplane flight or travel to high altitude locales.
- Arterial Blood Gas with Cooximetry Tests - These are blood tests used to
assess your lung health by measuring your oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.
It also is used to assess your response to medicines and therapy ordered
by your doctor.
- COPD Assessment and Education - We assess and stage patients using the
GOLD Global Initiative standards. We provide education to foster wellness
and to assist our patients understand and manage their disease and medications.
A note from Dr. Banta, MD, medical director, pulmonology & critical care
“The Pulmonary Department at Huntington Hospital offers a wide variety
of cutting edge diagnostic techniques and high quality therapeutic services.
Our team of experienced, dedicated professionals are driven to provide
you superior service and proven results. At Huntington Hospital, we care
about how you breathe.” - Daryl Banta, MD, medical director, pulmonology
& critical care
Daryl Banta, MD is also the director of the ICU teaching service for the
Internal Medicine residency program at the hospital. His areas of interest
include general Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Fiberoptic
Bronchoscopy. He is fluent in Spanish and a little Tagalog.
Dr. Banta received his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and completed
his medical training at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and New
York Medical College. He finished his Internal Medicine training at University
of Southern California and his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical
Care Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is currently
triple board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary
Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He has been an active staff member
at Huntington Hospital since 2009.