Cardiopulmonary Department | Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy Department is available Monday through Friday and on an emergency basis. Our hospital staffs a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). The CRT cares and treats patients suffering from asthma, COPD, pneumonia, RSV, emphysema, bronchitis and fibrosis. Procedures include:

  • Nebulizer Therapy
  • Chest Physiotherapy
  • Complete Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Spirometry
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • EKG’s
  • 24 and 48 hour Holter monitoring
  • Apnealink monitoring
  • Event monitoring
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Peak Flows
  • Incentive Spirometry
  • Sleep Studies
  • Heat/Cool Aerosol Therapy
  • Asthma Education
  • 6 minute walk testing

Cardiac Rehab Services

Cardiac Rehab consists of patient education, exercise and cardiac monitoring for patients after balloon angioplasty, complications from chronic heart failure, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart attack or valve replacement. The goal of the cardiac rehab team is to help the patient resume a normal, healthy active lifestyle while also minimizing the risk of future heart problems. We strive to increase the patient’s knowledge of cardiovascular disease and risk factor modifications, and provide emotional support to the patients as well as their support system. The program is three days per week and requires a physician's referral.

Phase III Cardiac Rehab is a self-pay offered for those that wish to continue their exercise regimen in a controlled and monitored environment. A physician's referral is needed for admission to the program.

Pulmonary Rehab

Phase II Pulmonary Rehab is for people with lung diseases. It is designed to help people understand their condition through education and exercise. The goal is to promote recovery, restore maximum function and ensure safety. By controlling, reducing and/or alleviating the symptoms and complication of pulmonary disease, the patient will achieve the optimal level of independence and physical capabilities. The program is two days per week and requires a physician's referral.

Phase III Pulmonary Rehab is a self-pay offered for those that wish to continue their exercise regimen in a controlled and monitored environment. A physician's referral is needed for admission to the program.

Cardiovascular Services

A variety of cardiovascular tests are offered on a weekly basis at HCMH. These services include echoes, carotids, segs and waves, arterial and carotid duplexes, and more. An physicians orders if required. To schedule your test your doctor will call UnityPoint Fort Dodge at 515-573-3101, request Central Scheduling, and specifying Humboldt for your test location. Your regular physician will receive your results.

Sleep Medicine

The most common sleep disorders in America are sleep apnea (breathing improperly during sleep), insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep), narcolepsy (excessive sleepiness and inability to stay awake), periodic limb movement. Sleep disorders, if left untreated, can cause serious health problems. Untreated sleep disorders will increase a person's risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and accidents on the job or on the road.

A physician's order is required to have a sleep study completed. Insurance companies vary on coverage and reimbursement. Most physician offices will need to acquire a prior-authorization prior to scheduling a sleep study at HCMH.

The sleep staff that travels to HCMH are fully accredited through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and tests are examined by a sleep medicine physician. During your sleep study the technician will measure movements, breathing, heart rate, oxygen saturation, snoring and other events. Your primary physician will contact you with the results. Depending on the diagnosis from the study, some patients will need a second night sleep study.

Treatments for sleep apnea include, but are not limited to: CPAP, dental devices/snore guard, surgery, weight loss plan, positional changes, smoking cessation, or sleep hygiene (regular bedtime hours, avoidance of alcohol, avoidance of stimulants, implementation of an exercise program).

 

Courtney Palmer

Courtney Palmer, Cardiopulmonary Director
1000 North 15th Street, Humboldt, IA 50548
Phone (515) 332-7665 | Fax (515) 332-7694