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Cardiopulmonary

Cardiopulmonary staff

Barnesville Hospital's Cardiopulmonary department is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for inpatient, outpatient, and Emergency Room care. Outpatient testing is normally scheduled weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM but patients will be accomodated beyond these hours as needed.

All patients must have a written order from a licensed physician denoting the type of testing/therapy to be given and medication with dosage as indicated. If multiple treatments are required, the order must state the frequency. PRN orders must be reordered after 6 months. Historically, our department accomodates between 8,000 and 10,000 patients annually, in one form of care or another.

The goals and objectives of Cardiopulmonary Services reflect the hospital's mission and are based on the philosophy of Barnesville Hospital, by improving the health and well-being of our service region and community.

The primary goal of the Cardiopulmonary Services Department is to provide the highest-quality cardiac and respiratory services to the community. These services will ultimately improve the patient's cardiac and respiratory functioning and will provide quality continuum of cardiopulmonary care to our patients and their families. To attain this goal the Cardiopulmonary Services Department continue to support our respiratory therapists in their continuing education, inservices, and departmental meetings.

Since 2006, the Cardiopulmonary Services Department has earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) Award under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. About 500 hospitals (approximately 10%) in the United States have received this award.

Our staff constists of Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), Certified Registered Therapy Technicians (CRTT), all which have passed a National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exam and Respiratory Therapy Assistants. All cardiopulmonary staff members are required to obtain 20 CME credit hours every two years in order to maintain their state license or permit which is reviewed yearly by the directora and the Ohio Respiratory Care Board.

Diagnostic testing includes, but are not limited to, holter monitors, 30-day evaluations, overnight pulse oximetry with a comprehensive edited report, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, Electroencephalograms (EEGs), Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) with Lung Volumes and Diffusion Capacity, Electromyograms (EMGs), Arterial Blood Gas (ABGs), Methacholine Challenge testing for Asthma, Cardiac Pacemaker check/interrogation, and Electrocardiograms (EKGs). Diagnostic testing is performed by professionals with specialized training and in accordance with ACLS, JCAHO, AARC National Guidelines, and AHA standards.

All other aspects of Cardiopulmonary care are performed by all staff members and include (but are not limited to) EKGs, aerosol therapy including Continuous Bronchodilator Nebulizer Therapy (CNBT), and aerosolized Morphine as pallative care for terminally ill patients, Metered Dose Inhalers with AeroChambers, IPPB, nasotrachial suctioning, sputum inductions, apnea monitors, pulse oximetry with nocturnal assessing capacity, humidification of medical gases, oxygen, airway management (including "CODE BLUE"), ventilator application, ventilator management, pre-op screening, Etco 2 monitoring, and Therapist Driven Protocols (TDPs).

Patient Education is provided in all aspects of care, especially (but not limited to) metered dose inhalers, tobacco cessation, and incentive spirometers. All patients are provided with information written in simple terms for their reference. Our patients are also required to effectively demonstrate to a Respiratory Care Professional what they have learned.

Cardiopulmonary staff provide care for all ages from newborn through geriatric. The majority of its patients are treated for acute and chronic respiratory failure, pneumonia, CHF, COPD, asthma, acute bronchytis, hypoxemia, inhalation injuries, hypothermia care, myocardial infarction, dysrhythmias, pre- and post- operative care. The department currently has three adult ventilators and three transport ventilators available for use. If a neonatal/newborn/infant/pediatric patient requires an artificial airway or mechanical ventilation, the patient is stabilized, and transferred to tertiary facility which offers that service.

The Cardiopulmonary staff actively participates in the continuum of care by assessing patient needs on a daily basis and participating in discharge planning at the multidisciplinary Patient Care Committee. They also assist in making arrangements for necessary home respiratory medical equipment when ordered by the physician.

Cardiopulmonary keeps a strong focus on patient safety, starting with the visualization of the patient's name bracelet prior to initiating any therapy. The department uses several methods of patient teaching/education, printed material and videotapes, then requiring the patient to return demonstration to ensure their comprehension. These sessions are all documented in the hospital multidisciplinary form, which is part of the patient chart.

The department has been the focal point for community awareness and wellness programs, including:

  • Health Fairs
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Information Sessions at Local Schools
  • Asthma Awareness
  • CPR, BLS, Heart Saver, and Health Care Provider Courses
  • Public Radio Appearances
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outreach Program

Emergency helicopter service from Barnesville Hospital to a variety of regional tertiary locations -- including OSU, WVU, and Pittsburgh -- is available, all with less than 40 minute one-way flight times (Cleveland Clinic, approx. 1 hour).