The Division of Pulmonary Medicine provides full pulmonary service throughout the Staten Island University Hospital System. Services are provided to all adult patients and to children 12 years of age and older at the request of an attending physician or the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine.
The Physician Staff of the Pulmonary division continuously supervise the function of the Respiratory Services division. The Respiratory Services division provides mechanical ventilatory expertise throughout the institution. All mechanical ventilators are managed by a member of the Pulmonary division and actually maintained by a member of the Respiratory Services division.
The Division of Respiratory Services initiates and routinely checks the accuracy and adequacy of all oxygen orders and initiates and checks the adequacy and accuracy of inhalational medication orders throughout the institution.
The Division of Pulmonary Medicine offers pulmonary consultations throughout the institution on a 24-hour / 7-day- per-week schedule. All pulmonary consultations are performed by board-certified pulmonary specialists. In addition, pulmonary/critical care consultations are also available 7-days-per-week, 24-hours-per-day by board-certified Pulmonary/Critical Care specialists. Patients are seen with diagnoses commonly including community and nosocomial pneumonia, bronchogenic carcinoma, lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, adult respiratory distress syndrome and respiratory failure. Services are available for inhalational burns at Staten Island University Hospital’s Regional Burn Center.
The Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine oversees the functioning of all Intensive Care Units in the institution (ICU North, ICU South, CCU North, CCU South,Cardiothoracic ICU North). The Pulmonary division also oversees the direction of the 14-bed Chronic Ventilatory Unit.
Cardiopulmonary exercise tests, breath-by-breath metabolic analysis, and full pulmonary function testing are available at the North site.
The Institute of Sleep Medicine is directed by the Pulmonary division and housed in the South site campus. The center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Full polysomnographic and multiple sleep latency testing are available seven days and nights per week.
Respiratory therapists are certified by the State of New York and maintain competency by continuous education programs and evaluations. Extensive Performance Improvement programs are in place to monitor and improve the quality of care throughout the division.