Pulmonary Services

About Our Pulmonary Services

Pulmonary Services at Southern Ocean Medical Center offer a wide scope of services to patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults and features board certified pulmonologists and highly trained, licensed respiratory therapists dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering from lung conditions.

Respiratory Care at Southern Ocean Medical Center features:

  • Arterial blood gas analysis and Pulse Oximetry as routine diagnostic procedures. Therapeutic modalities include oxygen therapy, ventilator management, administration of inhaled medications, chest physical therapy and deep breathing exercises.
  • The state-of-the-art Pulmonary Function Lab contains computerized equipment used to diagnose lung disease.
  • The Southern Ocean Medical Center Center for Sleep Medicine offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatments for a wide variety of sleep disorders

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, Breathing Made Easier

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program blends exercise, education, support and breathing retraining to design individualized programs tailored to each member's needs and includes a multi-faceted team of healthcare professionals working to improve the breathing of those suffering from lung conditions. Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides an intensive 12-week program of monitored exercise, education and counseling support under the direction of a board-certified Pulmonologist.

Exercise is the focal point of the program. The program helps patients achieve improved fitness and prepare them to succeed in an independent exercise regimen.

The basic program is held twice a week for up to 12 weeks. Each session is approximately 90 minutes long. Instruction and supervision help patients progress safely and gradually toward their optimal level of function.

Monitoring includes:

  • Continuous ECG and heart rate
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Oxygen monitoring (including pulse oximetry)
  • Blood sugar testing (as needed)

A variety of state-of-the-art equipment such as treadmills, stationary cycles, ergometers and free weights, may be used to provide for total body conditioning. Educational sessions are integrated into the overall program to help patients gain a better understanding of their condition and promote healthier lifestyle habits.

Topics Include: 

  • The benefits of safe and effective exercise
  • Lifestyle modification of risk factors
  • Improving nutrition
  • Disease management
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • How respiratory medications work
  • Coping with your emotions about the disease

Care Locations

  • Southern Ocean Medical Center, 1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050

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