The CMH VisionDecember 19, 2011

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Dr. Greg Egnaczyk 



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Respiratory Care Gets New Treatment EquipmentNikki Dato demonstrates

Clinton Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care recently upgraded its pulmonary function equipment in order to provide more accurate tests and data for physicians to use when treating patients with respiratory-related diseases.


Pulmonary function testing (PFT) is a series of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body's circulation. The primary purpose of pulmonary function testing is to identify the severity of pulmonary impairment. PFT has diagnostic and therapeutic roles and helps clinicians answer some general questions about patients with lung disease.


At CMH, the pulmonary function testing is performed by respiratory therapists that have been trained to perform all testing. The results are then interpreted by a pulmonologist in order to make a final diagnosis.


"This new machine has a body box that allows us to measure the patient's lung volumes within a few minutes compared to 15-30 minutes with the method that we used previously," said Nikki Dato, manager of Respiratory Care. "We are also able to measure a patient's airway resistance and to do a new test called bronchial challenge which can help with the diagnosis of asthma in some patients."


Dato is pictured demonstrating the new equipment

with respiratory therapist Amanda Fosbrink.



New Beds Smoothly Deployed To Patient FloorsBeds ready to be deployed to rooms

Through a well-coordinated effort between Nursing, Facility and Environmental Services, 40 new patient beds were smoothly deployed recently to appreciative patients on the third and fourth floors of Clinton Memorial Hospital.


These state-of-the-art new beds are designed to help prevent falls and pressure ulcers and information stored in them, such as weights and bed position, will be integrated into the electronic health record.


Facility Services manager Scott Henman said special thanks should go to the planning team of Mary Shanaberger, Jan Estle, Darlene Mayrose, Joyce Deaton, Kim Bratton, Bobby Curtis and Mark Dillow. And Henman said nurses Dava Riehle and Jennifer Buckley deserve kudos for taking the lead on the floors, getting patients prepped and ready for new beds.


"We planned our work and worked that plan and it went down like clockwork," Henman said. "Every patient, family member or visitor I encountered was very excited to be getting a brand new patient bed. Even though patients had to get out of bed briefly, they were very happy about their new beds.


"I know this was majorly disruptive, but all the staff took it in stride and got the job done," Henman said. "It has been a long time since I worked closely with the third and fourth floor staff and it was my pleasure to be able to work alongside each member of the team."


Beds are shown lined up on ground floor ready for deployment. 


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