The Sunnyside Community Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services (CPS) Department has two separate areas of expertise.
One set of services involves testing for cardiac conditions. These tests include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing.
- Cardiac treadmill stress testing.
- Stress echocardiography.
- Holter monitoring—a 24-hour continuous EKG.
- Event monitoring—extended EKG monitoring.
- Lower extremity arterial circulation testing.
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
The second component of the CPS Department involves the lungs—both testing pulmonary function and the treatment of pulmonary conditions.
The Asthma Education Program is taught by respiratory therapists who are certified asthma educators. This is available by appointment only, and patients need a referral from their physician.
Respiratory therapists (RTs) measure lung function (PFTs), manage mechanical ventilators, test arterial blood gases, test for sleep apnea, give specialized medications to children with asthma, manage oxygen supplementation, test for home oxygen requirements, and provide a number of other patient tests and treatments.
RTs are an essential part of therapy in every hospital clinical department, including the Emergency Department, the intensive care unit, the medical-surgical unit, the ambulatory care unit and the Family Birth Center. In addition to complex hospital functions, cardiopulmonary services also support the larger community with these and other essential services and education.
All CPS technicians are licensed by Washington state. They maintain current continuing medical education programs required for licensure.
The CPS Department and lab are located in the main Sunnyside Community Hospital building. If coming to the department for a test, please register at the admitting desk. Patients will be escorted to the CPS lab for their test.