A Matter of Breath

When it’s trouble free, we simply take breathing for granted but for those who suffer from chronic lung problems, have been injured or are recovering from surgery, each breath can be a major achievement. Under the medical direction of Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. Sean McVeigh, the Respiratory Therapy Department at Wayne Memorial Hospital helps patients to recover and maintain lung function through the diagnosis, treatment and management of their pulmonary issues.

The Respiratory Department is active in all patient care settings and provides around the clock services to all WMH departments. The department is staffed with credentialed and licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners who are certified in basic, advanced and pediatric life support. Outpatient testing services are available by physician’s prescription.

Respiratory Therapists consult with physicians regarding a patient’s diagnosis, selection of tests required and course of therapy on a routine basis. You may receive any of the following tests when being treated by the Respiratory Department:

Arterial Blood Gas Test

An Arterial Blood Gas Test (ABG) measures the acidity (PH) and the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery. This test is used to check how well your lungs are able to move oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from the blood.

Pulmonary Function Test

PFT are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air. They also measure how efficiently the lungs move gasses such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body’s circulation.

Fiber Optic Bronchoscopy

This test allows the clinician to view airways or get tissue samples from the lungs via a thin tube with a camera on its tip. This tube is placed into the lungs through the nose or mouth and sends pictures back to a video screen by way of the camera.

Bronchial Provocation Testing

Bronchial Provocation testing evaluates how sensitive your airways are. During this test a bronchial constrictive drug is administered and a spirometer is used to measure lung function and monitor changes.

Six Minute Walk Oximetery

This test measures the distance a person can walk quickly on a hard, flat surface for six minutes and reflects the patient’s ability to perform daily physical activities.

Overnight Oximetery

Oximetery is a test that measures your oxygen level and heart rate. When used overnight, a continuous measurement can be graphed. The patterns that are produced can assist the physician in determining the need for a sleep study.

Room Air Pulse Oximetery

Pulse oximetry is the non-invasive method that measures the oxygenation of a person’s hemoglobin when breathing room air.

Test Preparation

Loose comfortable clothing is appropriate for most tests. Sturdy shoes or sneakers are required for the Six Minute Walk Oximetery Test. Check with your physician for any additional instructions or questions you may have regarding medications, inhalers or fasting.


All tests in the respiratory therapy department require a physician’s prescription. to schedule an appointment for a test, call central scheduling (570) 251- 6689. We make every effort to honor time commitments and request that you extend the same courtesy to us. Please call 24 hours in advance to cancel an appointment.

Test Results

Call your referring physician or medical records (570) 253-8263 for your test results.

Fees And Payments

Wayne memorial Hospital accepts most types of insurance including Blue Shield, First Priority, Geisinger, PA Access, Medicare, Multi Plan, NY State Empire Plan and others. Please call for further information about insurance and payment options. Check with your insurance provider if your test requires Pre-certification.

Pulmonary Function Testing Lab

Hours of Operation

Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about preparation for your Pulmonary Function Test, call (570) 253-8388.

The Sleep Disorders Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital is a specially designed facility where sleep studies, called polysomnograms, are conducted to diagnose up to 85 different sleep disorders in adults.

Wayne Health Services provides Respiratory Therapy products such as: oxygen modalities, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, humidifiers, air purifiers, tracheostomy care supplies, Cpap/Bipaps and infant oxygen tents for home use.

Wayne Memorial Hospital is a non-profit community hospital located in Honesdale, Wayne County, in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our hospital is the heart of Wayne Memorial Health System, a network of healthcare services and facilities offering state-of-the-art emergency care, radiology, inpatient services, birthing suites, a cast care clinic, same-day surgery, inpatient rehabilitation services and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Our Laboratory Services are available in ten convenient locations. To find one near you, click on Laboratory under Services or call (570) 253-8127.

Our clinical affiliate, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers operates primary care, women’s health, dental, pediatric and behavioral health services in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna Counties.

Wayne Memorial Hospital Respiratory Services is committed to providing excellent medical care and a pleasant experience with respect and compassion. We offer a local visit with an outstanding customer focused experience.

Need a physician?

Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. Sean McVeigh oversees care and treatment of patients with lung and sleep disorders. He can be reached at (570) 253-8643.

Wayne Memorial also offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the hospital. For information, call (570) 253-8364.