Our department consists of skilled respiratory therapists and assistants. We serve the community through our services caring for inpatients and outpatients. Our specialty the is heart and lung. We are here in the hospital 24/7 ready to care for you!
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We provide the following outpatient services to the community:
Pulmonary function testing, spirometry (before and after bronchodilator), thoracic lung volumes and diffusion
These are the different breathing tests we perform. Each one is a little different, but together they paint a picture for the doctor of how your lungs are functioning. You will sit in a chair in a phone booth-like chamber and breathe through a mouthpiece. Assisting you in this process is a skilled respiratory therapist experienced in performing these tests.
We also perform rest and exercise testing, in which we place a pulse oximeter on your finger and walk with you up and down the hallway. Total time for you during this testing is about an hour.
An electrocardiogram is a test we do to see what the rhythm of your heart is. We place 10 sticker-like leads on your chest around your heart. Then we connect those to leads which in turn create the image for the doctor to read. This image is read by a doctor and shows him or her how your heart beats and the way the pulse travels through the heart. Total time for you with the test is about 15 minutes.
An electroencephalogram is a study of how your brain waves move and function during rest. Our highly skilled staff will assist you to a quiet room. We then need to measure and mark your head. Next we clean each area we marked and place an electrode there with a paste. We then instruct you to close your eyes and relax and begin the recording. This lasts about 25 minutes while we are collecting data from your brain for the doctor. The total time for the test is about an hour for you. The doctor will interpret the results from your study. In preparation for this test, you need to have clean and dry hair.
A Holter monitor is a small device that we program to record for 24 to 48 hours. We then clean your skin with a prep-like scrub and place 5 electrodes on those areas. They will need to remain connected to you for the recording period of 24 to 48 hours. We also provide you with a diary page so that you can document when you're feeling an event, an episode or whatever you have been experiencing. You can include information about what you were doing when you felt it and the approximate time. When your recording time is over, you can disconnect the electrodes and throw them away. Bring the device and leads back to the hospital at the front desk. Our staff will then retrieve the device and print out the report for the doctor to read.
Setup time for you is about 15 minutes.
Arterial blood gas draws
Arterial blood gas draw is done by a respiratory therapist in the outpatient lab. The therapist will then feel both of your radial arteries to see if one has a stronger pulse. We perform a test on your wrist to check how your blood flows on both sides of your wrist. This is called a modified Allen test. We then will be ready to perform the puncture. We will inform you to hold as still as possible. You will feel a "little bee sting" for pain. Once we have collected the sample we will hold pressure on the site and then bandage it for you. This test takes about 15 minutes for you.