Respiratory Care Treatments
The Cardiopulmonary staff at CCMH provide services to inpatients, outpatients and ER patients who present with a respiratory condition (such as asthma, COPD, pneumonia, RSV, etc.). Treatment is provided to patients of all ages and is available 7 days a week. A physician referral is necessary to receive respiratory care services at CCMH.
Respiratory Care Practitioners provide a resource to physicians to allow the best course of treatment possible for patients at CCMH. This includes:
- Pulmonary function testing to diagnose obstructive or restrictive lung conditions
- Mechanical ventilation
- Inhaled medication therapy
- Oxygen therapy
- Positive expiratory pressure (CPAP) therapy
- Other therapies/treatments as needed
Physicians can order an EKG (electrocardiogram) to check for problems with electrical activity of your heart to help diagnose cardiac conditions. CCMH offers a 12-lead EKG and 24 to 48 hour Holter Monitors. In addition, the department provides event recorders and wireless EKG testing.
A few of the more common reasons an EKG can be ordered are:
- Find the cause of unexplained chest pain
- Find the cause of symptoms of heart disease (such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting or rapid, irregular heartbeats)
- Determine if implanted mechanical devices (such as a pacemaker) are working to control a normal heartbeat
- Check the health of the heart when other diseases are present