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 Monday–Friday
 8:00am–5:00pm
503.769.9216

Santaim Hospital Cardiology Care

The Cardiopulmonary care team will provided service to assist in interventional pulmonary assistance, with neonates, pediatrics, adult critical care and trauma patients, plus assistance with diagnosed sleep disorders. We provide a variety of non-invasive cardiopulmonary services to assist in the diagnoses and treatment of our hospital patients as well as those referred by their physician.

Services that may be acquired as an outpatient include the following:

  • 30-day Event Monitor
  • 24-48 Hr. Holter Monitor Testing for adults
  • Arterial Blood Gas Testing
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Oximetry Testing for Home Oxygen qualification
  • Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Patient Teaching
  • Pulmonary Function Screening

30-day Event Monitor

This heart monitoring device requires the patient to have access to a land line telephone. Unfortunately, cell phone technology does not work with these devices.  Female patients should wear a 2-piece outfit to allow for access to the chest and abdomen area without completely disrobing.

This device is worn for thirty days.  Processes for bathing and other activities to allow for temporary removal will be explained in further detail at the time of hookup.

30 minutes should be allowed for this procedure even though it will generally run a little quicker.

Results should be available online for your ordering physician, following patient transmissions.

24-48 Hr. Holter Monitor Testing for adults

This heart monitoring device is worn for 24 hours and then either removed or continued for another 24 hours.  The patient must return every 24 hours to the hospital.  As above, Female patients should wear a 2-piece outfit to allow for access to the chest and abdomen area without completely disrobing.
This device may NOT be removed during the time it is attached and full submersion, bathing, or showers are not allowed for the entire 24 or 48 hour period. Sponge bathing is allowed.
15 – 20 minutes should be allowed for hookup and return.
Results should be available within three working days and sent to your ordering physician.

Arterial Blood Gas Testing

This is a specialized test that involves an invasive needle stick to collect an arterial blood sample. This test is different from the regular venous punctures that are drawn routinely for other lab work. This blood draw is utilized to collect specific information pertaining to lung and kidney function.

15 – 20 minutes should be allowed for this test. Upon request from physician, results may be called or faxed to physician's office.  Local physicians will have computer access as soon as the Laboratory releases the results into our hospital-wide and clinical computer system.

Electrocardiography (EKG)

This heart test involves the placement and connection of ten wires to ten sticky tabs placed around the patient's arms, torso and legs.  The collection of this information is important for diagnosing irregular heart rhythms.

Female patients should wear a 2-piece outfit to allow for access to the chest and abdomen area without completely disrobing.

15 – 20 minutes should be allowed for this test.  Upon request from your physician, results may be faxed to physician's office. Local physicians will have computer access as soon as the results are scanned into the computer.

Oximetry Testing for Home Oxygen qualification

Upon arrival, the patient will be required to sit at rest for 20 minutes on room air, unless the patient is noted to be having distress.  At the completion of 20 minutes, the patient shall be ambulated for 6 minutes and oxygen applied as needed. The patient will then be placed at rest and monitored for at least three minutes.

A minimum of 30 minutes should be allowed for this test. Upon request from physician, results may be faxed to physician's office.  Local physicians will have computer access as soon as the results are scanned into the computer.

Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) Patient Teaching

Patients are instructed in the proper utilization of inhalers and associated delivery devices. Instructions also include proper order to take meds and what effect different medications may have on other body systems.

Pulmonary Function Screening

This is a screening test that generally includes pre and post Bronchodilator testing of lung functions. Tests include a flow-volume loop, MVV, and SVC. Patients will be required to produce breathing patterns that are deep, rapid and prolonged with the different tests listed.

If bronchodilitation is involved as part of the testing, the patient MUST NOT utilize inhalers or nebulizer therapy 4 hours prior to testing. If this is done, rescheduling will occur.

Approximately 45 minutes should be allowed for this test. Upon request from your physician, results may be faxed to physician's office. Color differential graphs may not be apparent when faxed. Results can be mailed if address is provided. Local physicians will have computer access as soon as the results are scanned into the computer.

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