September 7, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
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SOMC Donates Pulmonary Diagnostic Equipment to Shawnee
SOMC is donating a pulmonary function machine to Shawnee
State University for students in the Respiratory Therapy
program. The equipment includes a computer on wheels, an
exercise bike and other accessories needed for testing. When
the equipment was purchased new, it was about $40,000.
“We don’t have the funds to buy the expensive equipment to
put in our labs for our students to use,” Amy France,
director of the Respiratory Therapy program at SSU, said.
“We teach our students with textbooks and a spirometry but
when they go out in the workforce and they see computerized
equipment, it can be very intimidating for them.”
The pulmonary function machine will be used to teach the
students stress testing and metabolic testing. Stress
testing allows the respiratory therapist to monitor a
patient’s cardiac and oxygen levels to help determine their
cardiac function and look for abnormalities.
These tests help physicians determine the unknown cause of
chest pain in particular patients and also those who become
short of breathe easily or while exercising.
“We are really excited and grateful to receive this
equipment from SOMC,” she said. “This will really give our
students an opportunity to learn hands-on.”