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One of the integral parts of hospital clinical services is the pulmonary section. It operates on a 24/7 basis and is located at 2/f rm.256 before the critical care complex. It is headed by a board certified internist- pulmonologist with the support of three licensed respiratory therapist and three licensed nurse respiratory care practitioners.

The Pulmonary Section provides invasive and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic pulmonary interventions and pulmonary function tests. It also has program for the community like the Asthma Program of Lucena (APOL) and for patients with COPD, the first of a kind in the province.

Regular scheduled meetings of the Pulmonary Section are held at least quarterly or as often as necessary at the call of its Chair.


Diagnostic Services

  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis (ABG) evaluates the oxygenation, ventilation, and acid-base abnormalities of the arterial blood.
  • Pulse Oximetry is a non-invasive determination or monitoring of arterial oxygen saturation (sO2)
    • Procedure: Spot Check or 24-hour Monitoring
    • Probes: Reusable, Disposable / Adult, Pediatric, Neonatal
    • Sites: Index finger, earlobe, large toe, nose

Diagnostic Services

  • Nebulization/Aerosol Therapy provides continuous humidification, delivering medications of patient’s airways using large and small volume nebulizers.
  • Chest physiotherapy (CPT) is a technique used to mobilize or loose secretions in the lungs and respiratory tract. This is especially helpful for patients with large amount of secretions or ineffective cough. Chest physiotherapy consists of external mechanical maneuvers, such as chest percussion, postural drainage, vibration, to augment mobilization and clearance of airway secretions, diaphragmatic breathing with pursed-lips, coughing and controlled coughing.
  • Incentive spirometer is a device used to help you keep your lungs healthy after surgery or when you have a lung illness, such as pneumonia. The incentive spirometer teaches you how to take slow deep breaths.
  • After surgery, it may be too painful to take deep breaths. You may also feel too weak to take deep breaths. When you do not breathe deeply enough, this can lead to lung illness.
  • Mechanical Ventilation in MMG is done using new-generation, microprocessor-equipped ventilators which serve a wide range of patients—from the elderly to infants and children, from acutely and chronically ill patients to those who are critically ill.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the application of positive pressure to the airways of the spontaneously breathing child throughout the respiratory cycle.
  • Ultrasonic nebulizer is a device that uses ultrasonic frequencies to turn a liquid medication into a fine mist so it can be inhaled. The ultrasonic frequencies are sound waves outside the range that can be heard by human ears. This type of nebulizer breaks the medicine up into particles and creates an aerosol, which is a mixture of air and ultra-fine particles that appear as a mist to the naked eye. As with all types of nebulizers, the goal is to get medication directly into the lungs.
  • Weaning from mechanical ventilation can be defined as the process of abruptly or gradually withdrawing ventilatory support