Respiratory Care And Cardiac Rehabilitation
Memorial Hospital’s Respiratory Care department works closely with your physician to assist you with your cardio-respiratory needs and determine the best treatment. This department works with people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. In addition to providing quality acute care close to home that uses non-invasive technologies, our respiratory care team focuses on assessing, treating, managing, and educating outpatients through the following services.
Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care offers Cardiac Rehabilitation sessions. These sessions involve exercising with cardiac monitoring, nutritional counseling, and educational information. This treatment is an option for those who have experienced a cardiac event, such as:
- Heart attack
- Open heart surgery
- Valve replacement
- Valve repair
- Heart transplant, or
- Stable angina
Medicare covers up to 36 sessions and most other insurances cover up to 18 sessions for cardiac rehabilitation. Each program is tailored toward the individual needs of the patient. A physician will refer a patient for cardiac rehabilitation. An appointment can be made by calling Memorial Hospital at (785) 263-2100 and asking to speak with the Respiratory Care department at extension 6174.
Cardiac Nuclear Stress Testing
Cardiac nuclear stress testing evaluates the heart and vascular system during exercise. This test can help detect underlying heart disease, which is only apparent when the heart is stressed by exercise. It can also help determine how severe the heart disease is. A radioisotope is injected prior to and during exercise to provide a definitive diagnosis. A practitioner will refer a patient for a stress test. Make an appointment for a cardiac stress test by calling Memorial Hospital Central Scheduling at (785) 263-6660.
Pulmonary Function Testing
This test evaluates the lungs’ functions, such as the volume and rapidity of air moving in and out of the lungs. This test generally detects obstructive and restrictive breathing abnormalities. It can be performed with or without bronchial dilation. A practitioner will refer a patient for pulmonary function testing. Make an appointment by calling Memorial Hospital Central Scheduling at (785) 263-6660.
Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care offers oximetry for those who may have issues such as sleep apnea or COPD who may require home oxygen or a CPAP. Oximetry is either performed at Memorial Hospital or at home overnight. Those who need to monitor breathing overnight will use an oximeter that looks similar to a wrist watch and is easy to use. A practitioner will refer a patient for oximetry. Make an appointment by calling Memorial Hospital Central Scheduling at (785) 263-6660.
Homecare allows oxygen, respiratory, and ventilation therapies to be performed in the patient’s home. The Respiratory Care department helps patients obtain equipment, teaches them how the treatment should be performed, and shows them how to take care of the machines. A practitioner will refer a patient for respiratory homecare. Make an appointment by calling Memorial Hospital Central Scheduling at (785) 263-6660.