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Hospital Services - Cardiopulmonary Services



Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital

55 Diefenbaker Drive

Moose Jaw SK  S6J 0C2

Phone: 306-694-0221

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

• Outpatient Services
Inpatient Services
• Neonatal Care
• ECG Services

Access:  With a physician’s order an appointment is booked by calling 306-694-0221 during outpatient hours.  This is also the number to call for appointment cancellations, rescheduling, or if you have questions about the test.

Pulmonary Function Testing:  A complete pulmonary function test takes 30 to 40 minutes.  The test includes Spirometry (blowing hard into the machine), lung volumes, and lung diffusion.  Spirometry is often repeated after an inhaler (salbutamol) to check the response to this drug.  To prepare for the test, avoid taking a bronchodilator for 12 hours before the test if possible.  If you must have a bronchodilator within 12 hours of the test, use salbutamol or ipratroprium up to 4 hours before the test.  Do not smoke within 4 hours of the test.  Bring your white Union Hospital card with you, or get a new one at the Registration desk.

Patient Education:
  Instruction can be provided on use of inhalers, spacer devices, smoking cessation, home oxygen use, and other respiratory devices. Education often covers the pathology of lung conditions and the coping strategies. Instruction can be provided alone or as part of a pulmonary function test.

Oxygen assessment/SAIL Home oxygen program: 
An oxygen assessment is done to determine a person’s need for supplemental oxygen. Sask Health’s S.A.I.L. program determines the criteria for home oxygen coverage. Testing involves pulse Oximetry at rest and may include walking, overnight testing, or an arterial blood sample.  People who require oxygen can choose from five (5) private companies that provide home oxygen service through the SAIL contract.  The major expenses for home oxygen are covered by the SAIL program. For more information see their website www.health.gov.sk.ca/sail.

Overnight Oximetry:  Overnight testing is done to check for low oxygen levels during the night.  This is often done as a screening test for sleep apnea or for patients who require supplemental oxygen at night.

Level 3 Sleep testing:
  This is a home sleep test that is put on at bedtime and records 5 – 7 types of sensors while you sleep.  It is a much more sensitive test for sleep apnea than overnight Oximetry.


CPAP therapy Adjustment: With a physician order, CPAP pressure can be changed on your home CPAP machine.  The SAIL program must be informed of the change.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:  The majority of treatments are provided for chronic venous and diabetic wounds, and radiation burns from cancer treatment.  Our unit follows the UHMS guidelines (www.UHMS.org). Reference information is also available at www.baromedical.com.  Referrals are accepted from physicians.  Patients are assessed by our medical consultants before being accepted for

treatment.  Phone: 306-694-0314  Fax: 306-694-0216

Transcutaneous Oxygen Measurement:
  This test checks around a chronic wound to determine if the wound has a low tissue oxygen level.  The test may be used to determine if a wound will respond to HBO therapy.