Island Hospital
Respiratory Care
Respiratory Care services at Island Hospital are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Quick access to evaluation and treatment of heart and lung-related problems are critical to a positive outcome. And because a patient’s condition can change quickly, we’re always ready to make adjustments in treatment when necessary.
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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is available around-the-clock at Island Hospital. Rapid evaluation and treatment of heart- and lung-related conditions are critical to a positive outcome. A patient’s condition can change quickly, so Respiratory Therapists are always ready to make necessary adjustments in treatment.

Most people take breathing for granted, but for many breathing can be a challenge due to a pulmonary (lung) condition such as:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Restrictive disorders
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis

Our Program

The Respiratory Care team is responsible for delivering medications that relieve shortness of breath, decrease inflammation and ease other symptoms. They draw and analyze arterial blood-gas samples to document a patient’s breathing effectiveness. Respiratory Care professionals initiate and monitor life-support systems, perform electrocardiograms (ECG’s), and provide care under the direction of each patient’s healthcare provider.

A first step toward accurate diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary medical conditions is an assessment of how a patient’s lungs are actually working. At Island Hospital the pulmonary function tests ordered by healthcare providers are performed by Respiratory Care practitioners credentialed by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

Our Pulmonary Function Laboratory can test lung capacities, volumes, flows, diffusion capacity, inspiratory and expiratory pressure, and maximum voluntary ventilation. We use a body plethysmography box, resembling a Plexiglas phone booth, to measure total lung capacity, airways resistance and thoracic gas volume. Additional testing is done when asthma is suspected but unable to be definitively diagnosed otherwise.

Patient Education

In addition to outpatient services that deal largely in pulmonary-function and other diagnostic testing, Respiratory Care professionals provide a range of patient and family education, which is crucial to providing comprehensive care to promote recovery and keep patients healthier longer.

Medical Director

Our Pulmonary Function Lab operates under the direction of John Mathis MD, Internal Medicine.  Dr. Mathis has a strong background in pulmonary-function testing and interprets all pulmonary function tests done here.


All members of the Island Hospital Respiratory Care Services Department are licensed through the Washington State Department of Health and are registered or certified Respiratory Care practitioners. Each is required to regularly complete continuing education to maintain licensure. All Respiratory Care practitioners are certified in advanced cardiac life support, neonatal resuscitation and basic life support.

Respiratory Care practitioners are key members of the hospital’s rapid response team that’s deployed if a patient has life-threatening symptoms such as cardiopulmonary arrest.

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Respiratory Services
1211 24th Street
Anacortes, WA 98221

(360) 299-1363

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