Pulmonary & Respiratory Care

The Outer Banks Hospital offers respiratory therapy on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.  Respiratory therapy may be part of your hospital stay if you experience trouble breathing and/or maintaining adequate levels of oxygen. Your primary care physician or pulmonologist may also refer you for outpatient respiratory therapy to help you restore your lung function as a result of injury or respiratory disease. You may also be referred for breathing disorders such as Sleep Apnea.  The goal of respiratory therapy is to help you breathe easier following illness or injury.

Our respiratory therapists are licensed professionals who use diagnostic and therapeutic methods to assess your pulmonary function. Diagnostic testing available at The Outer Banks Hospital include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • Arterial Blood Gas (ABG)

  • Spirometry

  • Plethysmography (Body Box Lung Volume Test)

  • ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System (Home Sleep Study)

For more information about outpatient respiratory therapy available at The Outer Banks Hospital call 252-449-5918



The Outer Banks Hospital also hosts a Better Breather’s Club.  This monthly meeting is free and offers education, resources and support for individuals living with all types of breathing issues.  The Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Dare County Baum Center located at 300 Mustian St, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.  Join the club by calling 449-5918 for more information.