The Cardiopulmonary Department provides services for the inpatient and outpatient population. Orders for inpatients are entered via the computer order entry system by patient care personnel. Orders for the outpatient population are written by the ordering physician.
The Cardiopulmonary Department works in cooperation with nurses and physicians in maintaining preventative and restorative health needs for patients. The respiratory therapists working in the Cardiopulmonary Department provide quality conscious cost effective and competent care with respect for life and dignity at every state of human experience. The patient population served by the department consists of newborn, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients requiring cardiac and respiratory testing or treatment to maintain optimum physiological maintenance of the cardiac and respiratory systems. Procedures performed by the department include, arterial blood gas drawing, electrocardiogram (EKG) and ACLS procedures, holter monitoring, cardiac event monitoring, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, occupational breath alcohol testing, oxygen therapy, pulse oximetry testing, pulmonary function testing (PFT), peak flow analysis, nebulizer treatments, and ventilator care. Patient/family education on disease entities are provided via brochures, written instructions and verbal communication. Respiratory Therapists must possess a current license from the West Virginia Board of Respiratory Care and current certification of BCLS. Our Respiratory Therapists also maintain current certification in Breath Alcohol Testing and have completed NIOSH approved training in occupational spriometry.