The general pulmonary consult service provides pulmonary consultation throughout Barnes-Jewish Hospital including the wards, non-medical intensive care units, and the Emergency Room. The pulmonary consult service is comprised of an attending physician, a fellow, and often residents and students rotating on the pulmonary consult service. The consult service performs the bronchoscopies as indicated for the patients who are seen in consultation.
A vast array of patients with multiple underlying disorders including airway diseases, interstitial diseases, respiratory infections, pulmonary vascular disease, pleural disease, neuromuscular disease, respiratory failure, and pulmonary complications of solid organ and stem cell transplantation are encountered.
The pulmonary consult service also consults on patients in the Pulmonary Progressive Care Unit, providing guidance on long-term ventilator weaning, noninvasive and invasive ventilation for patients with chronic respiratory failure, and assistance with long term tracheostomy care and management.
The division also provides inpatient pulmonary consultation services at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.