Wayne HealthCare’s Cardiopulmonary Department provides diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive care to patients of all ages who are experiencing heart, circulatory, and breathing-related difficulties. The department consists of a diverse group of professionals with one common goal—safeguarding the health of their patients. Our cardiopulmonary team includes licensed respiratory therapists, trained EKG/EEG technicians, licensed vascular technologists, echocardiography technicians, and a sleep study technician.
Because our patients’ health and comfort is paramount, every detail, from the technologically advanced tools used by our cardiopulmonary personnel, to the thoughtful location of the Cardiopulmonary Department itself—located in close proximity to the hospital entrance for added convenience in outpatient testing—is considered to ensure the best possible service and patient experience. To support them in their efforts, our skilled staff has access to specialized, state-of-the-art equipment that allows our patients to receive world-class care right here in Darke County. Our Cardiopulmonary Department is outfitted with:
- Three cardiac stress test machines with treadmills.
- The Cardio Server EKG management system that enables physicians and staff to view EKGs digitally, allowing them to access and compare previous EKGs more quickly and efficiently via computer, instead of waiting for hard copy files and fax results to be obtained.
- An echo bed to perform echocardiography. Parts of this innovative bed can be manipulated to get more diverse positions—enabling the technician to obtain the best possible images for physicians to interpret.
- Digital vascular ultrasound and echocardiography that also improves patient report turnaround times.
- One of two new facility blood gas machines is located near the Emergency Department. This allows rapid report turn around time for the greatest number of patients—both those visiting the Cardiopulmonary Department and those brought in for emergency services. The plan is to have the second blood gas machine located in the area of the new ICU to expedite patient reporting from ICU and the 3rd floor patient areas.
- Three Bipap machines that are used to help patients experiencing respiratory difficulties or with sleep apnea by supplying increased oxygenation and ventilation with a mask or nasal prongs.
- Three mechanical ventilators as well as two transport ventilators to support breathing when the adult patient is unable to maintain adequate breathing on his own.
Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide key services such as aerosolized medication for inhalation, airway clearance, and hyperinflation therapy. Other important functions performed by our respiratory therapists include the administration and monitoring of oxygen, blood gas drawing and analysis, as well as ventilator and Bipap machine technical support and maintenance. A Better Breathers Club was instituted in the fall of 2009 as a support group for members of the community suffering from chronic lung disease.
Wayne HealthCare respiratory therapists are also members of the cardiac arrest team, and perform pulmonary function testing. In addition, they lead Smoke Stoppers, Wayne HealthCare's smoking cessation program, for those in our community looking to quit for good.
EKG/EEG technicians are available 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm to perform a variety of routine and scheduled diagnostic tests including EKGs, EEGs, and to operate cardiac event monitors and holter monitors—devices used to monitor cardiac rhythms. EKG technicians also prepare and monitor patients during cardiac stress testing. Emergency EKGs are performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Vascular technicians utilize state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment to monitor blood flow through the veins and arteries of the arms, legs, and neck to evaluate blood clots and peripheral vascular disease. These services are provided Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Emergent lower venous studies may be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.
Echocardiography technicians employ sophisticated ultrasound equipment to monitor blood flow through the heart to visualize the path of blood through its valves and chambers and to evaluate the overall function of the heart muscle itself. Echocardiography is offered Monday through Friday on a scheduled basis.
The sleep study technician observes and monitors patients while they sleep to check for sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders, as well as patients’ response to CPAP administration. Sleep studies are offered on a scheduled basis.
Diagnostics Services schedulers round out our team, as professional individuals who coordinate the scheduling of patient testing for the Cardiopulmonary and Imaging Centers. They then greet and direct patients receiving the following services: MRI, CT Scans, Cardiac Stress Testing, Mammography, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Vascular Testing, Echocardiography, Pulmonary Functions, EEGs, Holter Monitors, and Event Monitors, EKGs, and X-rays.