PCMH Emergency Services
The Emergency Room and Emergency Medical Services currently work together to ensure that patients with Stroke or Heart Attack get care which is begun quickly and communicated readily. If a patient calls for an ambulance and is suspected of having a heart attack, the EMS can do the EKG and send it directly to the ER to be read by the ER physician. The EMS also start the treatment with initiation of an IV and drawing blood to be sent to lab as well as giving oxygen, nitroglycerine and aspirin. The rapid recognition and treatment of patients experiencing symptoms of a heart attack saves time, which saves heart muscle.
Patients who call the ambulance or present to the Emergency Room with signs of a Stroke will be cared for by a team which is trained in stroke care. The Emergency Room and Emergency Medical personnel have been trained in recognizing the symptoms of a stroke, leading to a decrease in time from arrival to treatment. Currently, PCMH has the ability to transmit CT scans of the brain to select stroke centers to be evaluated by a neurologist immediately for an expert consult. This expert consult can suggest treatment options up to and including TPA, often referred to as the "clot buster" to treat strokes-which can be given at PCMH. Patients who have bleeding in the brain can also benefit from the early recognition and treatment of symptoms such as elevated blood pressure and high clotting times.
PCMH ER and EMS staff have worked hard to develop protocols and treatment options which maximize the chance for early recognition and treatment of these potentially deadly conditions.
PCMH Emergency Medical Services
Two ambulances are staffed around the clock to serve the emergency needs that arise throughout Pike County, MO. One of the ambulances is located at PCMH and has the east side of Pike County as a primary responsibility. The second ambulance is at the satellite EMS base in Bowling Green and this unit primarily serves the western side of the county.
Contacting the PCMH Emergency Department is gained by phoning 9-1-1. The call is routed directly to PCMH ER through the 9-1-1 centers in Bowling Green and Louisiana.
The Bowling Green Clinic and the Louisiana Clinic are primary medical clinics owned and operated by Pike County Memorial Hospital. The clinics offer the residents of Pike County the following services: Family Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Neurology, Allergy, Podiatry and Internal Medicine. PCMH clinics offer a convenient health care option to patients and deliver sophisticated medical care close to home.
It is the goal of the Physical Therapy Department at Pike County Memorial Hospital to provide the highest quality patient care in order to achieve the greatest outcomes. We strive to ensure that our patients achieve their goals and the goals of the physicians (the patient, physician, and physical therapist). We offer many different services within our department including:
As part of the overall renovation of Pike County Memorial Hospital, the Physical Therapy Department has recently moved to a new space within the hospital. We now have new, state-of-the-art equipment including force gauges for work hardening and functional capacity evaluations, and a "Functional Squat" machine for functional, objective measurements and training of the lower extremities (including printed reports).
Why Pike County Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy?
We strive for excellence in our care. Patients are scheduled so that our patient to therapist ratio is very low and allows for more one-on-one care, which produces the best outcomes. Goals are set together with the patient to ensure appropriate outcomes-oriented interventions. Patients are educated about their condition and are encouraged to ask questions regarding their rehabilitation. In addition, lines of communication with physicians are kept open in order to ensure that we administer the treatment and achieve the outcomes desired by the physician.
Isernhagen Work Systems Work Injury Prevention and Management Program:
We Offer a continuum of care for the injured worker through comprehensive intervention including job-site analyses, pre-work screening, functional capacity evaluations, and work conditioning/work hardening. The functional capacity evaluations are based on Isernhagen Work Systems, an internationally recognized program based on a progressive kinesiophysical assessment of function. Objective data validated through research is available, which provides sound objective guidelines for when and in what capacity a worker can return to the workplace. This data is very specific to the worker and his/her abilities and includes information regarding frequency, weight capacity and physical restrictions of each task assessed.
Monitored Rehab Systems - Functional Squat
The Functional Squat machine utilizes interactive activities to develop and train the neuromuscular system. Sensors are mounted on the functional squat machine which is interfaced to a computer and allows for real-time training and testing. The computer screen allows the patient to participate in interactive video "games" that assist the patient in achieving the ultimate strength, control, and coordination of the lower extremity muscles. The use of the computer screen is intended to give the patient automatic feedback, which then activates various muscles and aspects of the nervous system. This activation is essential in order to produce the best outcomes with rehabilitation. The Functional Squat machine is another tool that has been added to our department to assist in the delivery of a very comprehensive rehabilitation program.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Cardiology and Pulmonary Consultation / Evaluation Services
Evaluations are offered to in-patients and out-patients. Clinic services are available through physician referral as well as self-referral. Services are provided by physicians who are specially trained in cardiology and pulmonary skills and diagnostic services.
PCMH offers a comprehensive, long-term program including medical evaluation, prescribed exercise, cardiac risk factor modification, education and counseling. This is an out-patient medically monitored program that is typically initiated 1 - 3 weeks after hospital discharge and provides appropriate electrocardiograhic information.Cardiac Rehabilitation Benefits Include:
Medicare covers Cardiac Rehabilitation exercise programs for patients who meet the following criteria:
Sleep Lab Services
Pike County Memorial Hospital provides sleep lab services in conjunction with Sleep Diagnostic Services. Pike County Memorial Hospitals Pulmonary physicians and Cardiopulmonary Department coordinate a sleep lab to help determine proper treatment for sleep disorder problems.
Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring (OSAS) and the resulting daytime sleepiness is one of the leading casuses of many automotive, agricultural and industrial accidents. If you have moderate to severe OSAS you are twice as likely to be involved in an automobile accident and are more likely to develop hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, pulomonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, stroke, neuropyschiatric problems, cognitive impairment and sexual dysfunction. Children and adolescents with OSAS are often misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorders as they are usually underweight and are hyperactive.
Fortunately, proper treatment of sleep related disorders can prevent or reverse these debilitating conditions.
Dr. Arun Venkat, MD along with a trained staff of technicians provides a Vascular Clinic on a monthly basis through the PCMH Cardiopulmonary and Radiology Departments.
The ability for modern medicine to analyze, diagnose and control vascular disease is greater than ever before. Vascular diseases are very common, especially as people age Many people have vascular diseases and aren't aware, because symptoms are rare in the early stages. People with risk factors or any signs of vascular disease, should be evaluated by a physician.
To contact the PCMH Cardiopulmonary Department call: (573) 754-5531, ext. 218
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The Medical / Surgical unit of Pike County Memorial Hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient care to patients with a variety of health care needs. Nurses have received advanced training in the recognition and treatment of cardiac life support. We strive in building relationships within our community. Patients are assisted in recovery and return to their home with the knowledge they need to deal with their health care issues.
The Swing Bed Program at PCMH is available to Medicare patients who have had a qualifying three (3) day hospital stay; need short term skilled nursing services in the rehabilitation realm and whose goal is to return to their home environment. PCMH offers exceptional physical therapy, respiratory therapy and skilled nursing services for this program. Medicare patients who need skilled recovery time post surgery or from extended illness are encouraged to take advantage of the Swing Bed Program available at PCMH.
Diagnostic Imaging Services:
The Pike County Memorial Hospital Radiology department uses the most innovative technology. We use speech recognition for dictating x-ray results. Speech recognition converts spoken words to text. This technology offers real-time reporting. This report appears instantly, which speeds the time to produce critical results. This quick reporting increases productivity, which allows for faster turnaround time of reports and reduces waiting times for patients and referring physicians.
This technique uses high frequency sound waves that reflect off a body structure to form an image. Ultrasound does not expose a patient to radiation. The sound waves create an echo that allows a technician to interpret the size, distance and uniformity of an organ. These sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed on a monitor.
DEXA, bone densitometry:
Bone densitometry has become the standard for measuring the density of bones and is the test for evaluating osteoporosis. The measurement of bone minerals is closely related to bone strength and the potential for bone fractures.
Factors that bring about the need for DEXA, bone densitometry:
Dress comfortably - apparel should have no metal buttons, buckles or zippers.
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts using low-dose radiation. This is a procedure that should be done by women annually beginning at age 40. The role of mammography is to identify breast cancer at the earliest stage.
Preparation: Dress comfortably; there will be the need to undress above the waist.
Mammography patients should not use powders, deodorants, ointments or creams prior to this procedure. If possible do not schedule a mammogram just before or during your menstrual period.
A CT (Computed Tomography), sometimes called a CAT scan, uses special x-ray equipment to obtain many images from different angles around the body. CT imaging is extremely helpful in analyzing and diagnosing because it can show several types of tissues - lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. A CT scan is one of the best tools for studying the chest and abdomen.
Preparation: Dress comfortably; avoid clothing with snaps or zippers. Patients may be asked to wear a gown. Some CT exams require the patient to drink a contrast material 1-2 hours prior to the exam.
MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
An MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive and painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation.
Preparation: Dress comfortably. Patients will be asked to remove jewelry, hairpins, hearing aids, glasses and removable dental work.
Fluoroscopy studies use a special x-ray unit with a monitor attached that allows the physician to see the movement of the intestines, stomach, or esophagus. Prior to the procedure the patient drinks a barium solution that assists the physician in the analysis of the fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy studies through PCMH include the Upper GI, Barium Enema and Barium Swallow.
General Radiography examinations visualize different body areas including;
Preparation: Dress comfortably; avoid clothing with snaps and zippers, patients may be asked to wear a gown.
Utilizing the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), radiology images are captured digitally and can be accessed through a secure online network. Digital images can be manipulated for a closer and better look at particular spot allowing both the radiologist and physician to better assess what is being viewed.
The Surgical Team
The Surgical Team provides economical and cost effective patient care without compromising quality. We maintain our skills with scheduled in-services, seminars, growth and development and clinical competencies. Our team strives for customer satisfaction by delivering professional and friendly care to patients. Our dynamic and technical services include general, laparoscopic surgery, orthopedics, podiatry, ophthalmology, and endoscopy surgical procedures. Anesthesia also provides pain management through the administration of Epidural Steroid Injections. Outpatient surgery procedures, which do not require an overnight stay, enable patients to be in and out of the hospital within hours.
Surgical services at Pike County Memorial Hospital are outlined in the sections listed below covering Preoperative
and Ambulatory Care procedures, Intraoperative procedures and Post Operative procedures.
Preoperative & Ambulatory Care Unit
Preoperative & Ambulatory Care Unit provides pre-operative care and non-surgical procedures. Nonsurgical procedures include, but are not limited to: epidural steroid injections, port-a-cath flushes, therapeutic phlebotomy, blood transfusions, intravaneous medication infusions, medication injection, abdominal paracentesis.
Intraoperative Procedures are performed in one of our two major operating rooms, and one minor procedure room within the surgical area. Included, but not limited to:
Pike County Memorial Hospital Laboratory provides quality laboratory collection and testing. Laboratory testing is used to assist your physician in determining your health, diagnosis and treatment.
Pike County Memorial Hospital's Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
Results of testing are sent directly to your doctor and are kept on file in our Laboratory Information system and your Medical Record. If you are admitted to Pike County Memorial Hospital, your doctor will have access to all of your previous test results.
Regulations prohibit any release of laboratory results to an individual other than a health care provider. Contact your health care provider or the Hospital's Medical Records Department to obtain copies of your results.
To contact the PCMH Laboratory call: (573) 754-5531, ext. 137
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