Location: Kirkland and District Hospital Main Floor (2nd Level)

The Respiratory Therapy Department provides services to patients in the Emergency room, the Intensive Care Unit and to all other inpatients.  They also provide emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as needed and during the week days they provide Outpatient services, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and service the Kirkland District Family Health Team. 


Outpatient Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Telephone:  705-567-5251 x 3118

Please register at Central Registry prior to your appointment. 


As an active member of the healthcare team, the Respiratory Therapist is responsible for patient respiratory assessment, ventilation management, oxygen therapy, delivery of inhaled medications, cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as providing staff and patient education. 

Diagnostic tests performed by the Respiratory Therapist include full pulmonary function testing, pulse oximetry testing, arterial blood gas analysis, home oxygen assessment, Ambulatory Blood pressure monitory and cardiac stress testing.


This department also provides: 

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Service the Kirkland District Family Health Team


Patient information:

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs) is different breathing tests that measure how well your lungs work.  This includes how well you are able to breath and how effective your lungs are able to bring oxygen to the rest of your body. 

Patient Preparation: Do not smoke or take your inhaled medication 4 hours before testing.


Pulse Oximeter Testing

This test is performed to monitor oxygen levels in your blood.  A sensor is attached to a device called a pulse oximeter and is clipped to your finger.  The device is able to monitor oxygen saturation in the blood.  

Patient Preparation:  If you wear nail polish please remove from at least one finger. 


Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

An arterial blood gas (ABG) test measures oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in your blood. It also measures your body’s acid-base (pH) level, which is normally balanced when you are healthy.  A small needle is used to take a sample of your arterial blood, usually from your wrist.


Cardiac Stress Test

Cardiac Stress Testing:  A treadmill exercise stress test is used to determine the effects of exercise on the heart.  The test involves walking on a treadmill while monitoring the electrical activity of your heart. 


Patient Preparation:

For 48 hours prior to the test, stop Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

Take your usual medications unless otherwise directed by your physician. Bring all your medications with you in the original bottles.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are suitable for walking on a treadmill. 


Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a portable blood pressure recording device. It is used to record blood pressure readings at specified times during a 24-hour period. The monitor consists of an arm cuff attached by a flexible rubber tube to a light-weight monitor. The monitor sits in a pouch held by a waist belt or shoulder strap.   At regular intervals, every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes at night, your blood pressure is measured and recorded while you are going about your daily activities. 

This test is not covered by OHIP; therefore there is a fee of $40.   The fee must be paid prior to the test.  Payment can be made at Central Registry.  


Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation program include exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help you return to an active life.

Cardiac Rehabilitation helps people who have heart problems:

Recover after a heart attack or heart surgery.

Prevent future hospital stays, heart problems, and death related to heart problems. 

Address risk factors that lead to coronary artery disease and other heart problems. These risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, overweight or obesity, diabetes, smoking, lack of physical activity, and depression.

Adopt healthy lifestyle changes. These changes may include a heart healthy eating plan, increased physical activity, and learning how to manage stress. 

Improve their health and quality of life. 

KDH Respiratory Therapy

EDH Respiratory Therapy

Kirkland and District Hospital
145 Government Road East
Kirkland Lake, ON
P2N 3P4

Phone:  (705) 567-5251 
Fax: (705)-568-2102
Email:  administration@kdhospital.com

Englehart and District Hospital
61-5th Street
Englehart, ON
P0J 1H0

Phone: (705)-544-2301
Fax: 705)-544-5222
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