The Coquille Valley Hospital cardiopulmonary department has earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition award from the American Association of Respiratory Care. This award of excellence recognizes our ability to provide high-quality care and ensure patient safety by adhering to a strict set of criteria governing respiratory services and by utilizing 16 therapy-driven protocols.
Respiratory Therapy Team
Our dedicated team includes highly trained and licensed therapists who come from a variety of clinical backgrounds, such as long-term respiratory care, in-home care, and trauma care. Our therapists hold a variety of certifications, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification.
We work closely with an Oregon-based, board-certified sleep physician to review testing data and provide fast turnaround (typically 5-7 business days) at a cost that is substantially less than out-of-state data evaluation.
Exercise Pulse Oximetry determines the oxygen content in your blood by calculating the difference between the wavelengths of an invisible infrared light and a visible red light.
Home Sleep Testing measures oxygen saturation, heart rate, airflow, movement in your chest and abdomen. It will also record time spent snoring and your sleep position. We provide patients with a high-tech, 9-channel device for optimum testing. A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have while undergoing home sleep testing. Home sleep testing is often a more comfortable and more economical way to gather data, as compared to in-lab testing. Data is often available much faster than in-lab sleep testing.
Overnight Pulse Oximetry monitors and records the level of oxygen in your blood as you sleep through the night at home. With this test, an oxygen sensor is clipped to your finger and connected to a machine called an oximeter.
Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) for COPD, asthma and evaluation of other respiratory diseases is performed with state-of-the-art equipment that meets all American Thoracic Society standards. We also comply with industry safety guidelines for COVID-19. Complete PFTs at Coquille Valley Hospital are performed on a desktop device as you breathe normally and sit comfortably in a chair. No more claustrophobia or complex maneuvers associated with body box PFTs. We can comfortably test patients who are non-ambulatory and provide accurate, clinically proven results. With this advanced technology, lung volumes are more reproducible and better correlated compared to other leading office-based PFT techniques. The test takes 20 to 30 minutes and is appropriate for all ages, 5 to 95. Talk with your primary care provider about a complete PFT at Coquille Valley Hospital, the only local site with this desktop technology.
24-Hour, 48-Hour, 72-Hour, 96-Hour Holter Monitoring
30 Day Event Monitor
Cardiac Stress Testing (treadmill testing)
Medicated Nebulizer Training & Education
Metered Dose Inhaler Training & Education
Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
Patch Holter Monitor
If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of an irregular heartbeat, otherwise known as arrhythmia, your primary care provider may recommend that you wear a Patch Holter Monitor. This small and easy-to-wear, portable device is used to record your heart’s rhythm and will detect or determine your risk of arrhythmia. Battery-operated, the Holter Monitor is capable of recording your heart’s electrical activity for up to 14 days. It is fast and simple to use. The Holter Monitor can be worn for most daily activities and it’s water resistant for showering. Test results can tell your provider if you have a heart condition or if your current heart medications are effective. Ask your primary care provider whether this advanced technology, available at Coquille Valley Hospital, is right for you.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma; it is generally characterized by increasing breathlessness.
Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing that usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
Emphysema is a condition in which the air sacs of the lungs are damaged and enlarged, leading to breathlessness that is typically caused by smoking.
Chronic bronchitis involves inflammation and swelling of the airway lining, leading to bronchial narrowing and obstruction and often resulting in a cough. This type of inflammation stimulates production of mucus, which can cause further blockage of the airways.
Pulmonary fibrosis occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. Thickened, stiff tissue makes proper lung function difficult. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, patients become progressively short of breath.
Your First Appointment
- Bring your insurance card(s) and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. If you are not the insured person, you will also need to bring their information, as well. We require insurance co-payment at check in.
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. If you have not completed your paperwork ahead of time, we ask that you arrive 30 minutes early. At check in, we will request your digital signature on acknowledgements of our privacy practices, financial policy and conditions of admission.
- We encourage you to bring a partner or family member to your first appointment—someone who can take notes or who will be a second set of ears as we walk you through the steps of testing and/or demonstrate how to use an at-home testing device.
- If you require on-site testing the day of your appointment, please follow the pre-testing steps you’ve been provided, including food/liquid intake, medications, caffeine, smoking, etc.
What Is The Patient Portal?
The patient portal is your online gateway to accessing medical information and communicating electronically. This is also a way to securely send and receive messages with providers and staff. View summaries of your visits, lab and imaging results, medications and more, and request and view upcoming appointments, all while keeping your information safe. You will need a code to access the online patient portal for the first time, which you can request at your first appointment.