Respiratory Therapy & Sleep Lab

Offering sleep lab services as well as treating patients with acute and/or chronic lung disorders


You will see SCCH’s Respiratory therapists in every department of the hospital because they integrate with the broader healthcare team in the assessment, treatment, and monitoring of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, you may see SCCH’s Respiratory Therapists in every department of the hospital.

Respiratory Therapy Services

Stress Testing

(Cardiolite Treadmill or Chemical Stress Test): Stress testing checks for blockage or damage to the heart.

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)

PFTs are done to

  • Diagnose certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
  • Find the cause of shortness of breath
  • Measure whether exposure to chemicals at work affects lung function
  • Check lung function before surgery.

Electroencephalograms (EEG)

The EEG test is used to check for seizures and diagnose epilepsy. EEG can also be used to diagnose other medical conditions like sleep disorders or brain injuries, as well as to monitor brain activity.

Electrocardiograms (EKG)

EKG testing:

  • Measures electrical activity of the heart to detect irregular heart rhythms or heart damage.
  • Is ordered prior to surgery
  • Reflect underlying conditions due to pain or discomfort.

Holter Monitoring

A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm. The device is worn for 24 hours to detect irregular heart patterns.

30-Day Cardiac Event Monitoring

30-Day cardiac event monitoring—also known as ambulatory electrocardiography (EKG)—uses a battery-operated, portable device similar to a holter monitor to measure and record the heart’s electrical activity. The monitor is worn during daily activities, and while you sleep. It allows the heart’s electrical activity to be recorded intermittently over a period of 30 days.

Sleep Lab Services

Diagnostic Study

This initial study is used to detect sleep apnea, reasons for snoring, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches or other disorders which may affect the health of the patient. (Appointments normally are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. or arranged according to night-shift work schedules.)

Titration study

During a CPAP titration study (CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure,”) members of the sleep team will calibrate your CPAP. The goal is to find the right amount of air pressure to prevent your upper airway from becoming blocked. This eliminates breathing pauses in your sleep.

Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)

The MSLT tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need an appointment to get an EKG?

You do not need an appointment. You do need an order from your physician.  We are able to do those anytime Monday through Friday from 6am to 7pm. We are also able to do those on the weekends but you may have a slightly longer wait due to staffing.

What are your hours for testing?

Most testing besides EKG’s require an appointment.Our normal hours of testing is from 6am to 6pm Monday thru Friday.

Do I need an order to get a sleep study?

Yes you must have a face-to-face visit with a physician or nurse practitioner and an order for a sleep study.

What is the difference between a home sleep study and an in lab sleep study?

Home sleep study has limited data. You pick a unit up after noon and take it home to sleep with it at home and return it the next day by 10am. An in-lab sleep study is done by coming to the hospital at either 8:30 pm or 9;30 pm and staying the night in our sleep lab room.

Can I get a nuclear stress test if I cannot walk on the treadmill?

SCCH does both treadmill and chemical nuclear stress testing. Both tests take about 3 hours to complete and require you to abstain from caffeine 12 hours before the test and have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. The treadmill test will require you to halt certain blood pressure medications  that you will need to verify with us when we schedule your test.