The Pulmonary Department at Wooster Community Hospital serves the community in a variety of ways. For patients in the hospital, we monitor oxygen levels, provide aerosol therapy and airway clearance, manage and maintain ventilator support devices (such as Bi-Pep/Cpap and ventilators), and provide education with regard to the patient’s current lung condition.
The Pulmonary Department provides testing on an Outpatient basis as well. Some tests include: Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Nitric Oxide Testing (NO), Arterial Blood Gases (ABG), Pulmonary Exercise Testing (PET), and Electrocardiogram (EKG), to name a few. We also offer an individually based 6-session Tobacco Cessation Program for those needing that help.
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnosis lung cancer, and other lung diseases. The EBUS test is performed on an outpatient basis and has been proven highly effective.
Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) is used to assess the lungs and airways (in both children and adults) for things such as smoking history, chronic cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and use of high risk medications. PFT is done to assess the body’s actual use of oxygen during exercise and is done before beginning Pulmonary Rehab.
Nitric Oxide Testing (NO) is a test used (with or without PFT) as a tool for diagnosing and/or monitoring chosen therapy for treatment of asthma. It can be used on pediatric and adult patients.
Arterial Blood Gases (ABG) is a blood test used to assess effectiveness of current therapy such as supplemental oxygen, BiPap/Cpap settings or ventilator settings. EKG is a painless test that records the rhythm of the heart.
The Methacholine Challenge Test is a lung function test for asthma when symptoms or other tests do not show a clear asthma diagnosis. When inhaled, Methacholine, will cause the airways to spasm and narrow if asthma is present. The MCT usually takse about an hour from start to finish. During the time very small doses of methacholine are introduced and the patients' lung function is measured while their response is monitored. The MCT is great tool for patients to get a definitive diagnosis regarding asthma.
Tobacco Cessation is a series of 6 one-on-one counseling sessions with a Respiratory Therapist aimed at providing education and encouragement through the quitting process.
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