Cardiopulmonary

Cardiopulmonary Services

The Cardiopulmonary Department is an integral part of patient care services at UM Charles Regional Medical Center. As a department we are committed to quality and to actively treating and caring for patients with breathing disorders.

To participate in our services please obtain a physician's referral and register upon arrival at UM Charles Regional Medical Center. Services provided by the department include: Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Function Lab, and EEG, EKGs for rehab patients.

Respiratory Department

The Respiratory Department provides a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for both inpatients and outpatients, including adult and infant critical care. We are open 24-hours, seven days a week, covering all areas of the medical center, including ICU/CCU, Emergency Department, Mother/Baby Unit, Medical/Surgical and Telemetry floors. All therapists are licensed through the National Board of Respiratory Care and the state of Maryland. In addition each therapist is certified in ACLS and PALS.

Pulmonary Function Test

The Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) Lab is dedicated to providing high quality outpatient diagnostic procedures in a very customer service oriented manner. Our service is provided from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The department is located on the second floor of UM Charles Regional Medical Center on 2 West. To schedule an appointment please call 301-609-4413. Diagnostic procedures include:

  • Spirometry with and without post-bronchodilator testing
  • Static lung volume determination (Nitrogen Washout)
  • Static lung volume determination (plethysmograph)
  • Diffusion capacity
  • Airway resistance and conductance
  • Inpatient bedside spirometry

Other Outpatient Services

In addition, we also provide the following outpatient services seven days a week, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. To schedule an appointment please call 301-609-4413.

  • Arterial Blood Gas (preoperative and diagnostic) - where blood is taken from an artery (generally taken from the wrist or elbow area). The results can provide more information about how your lungs are working and how your body is responding to decreased levels of oxygen.
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram) - an electrical recording of the activity of the brain amplified many times. (Monday thru Friday only)
  • EKG (electrocardiogram) for rehab patients only - is a graphic produced by an electrocardiograph, which records the electrical activity of the heart over a specific time.