Medical Day Hospital Staff & Services
The Medical Day Hospital of Cullman Regional Medical Center has been providing care for patients since 1995. Our staff includes eight employees with more than 182 years of combined experience in healthcare.
Cullman Regional Medical Services Medical Day Hospital takes care of the admission and recovery of patients needing infusion therapy or endoscopy, radiology and/or cardiovascular services. We provide care for patients having the following while at Cullman Regional Medical Center.
- Lung, liver, breast or lymph node biopsy
A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of tissue for laboratory examination.
Thoracentesis (THOR-a-sen-TE-sis) is a procedure to remove excess fluid in the space between the lungs and the chest wall. Thoracentesis is done to find the cause of a pleural effusion. It also may be done to help you breathe easier.
Paracentesis is a procedure to take out fluid that has collected in the belly (peritoneal fluid). This fluid buildup is called ascites . Ascites may be caused by infection, inflammation, an injury, or other conditions.
Colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure in which your large bowel (colon and rectum) is examined. Your doctor may perform the procedure to diagnose and treat, when possible, certain diseases of the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A colonoscopy may be use to evaluate many problems, including abdominal pain, anemia (low red blood cells), blood in the stool, change in bowel habits, screen for colon cancer or due to unexplained weight loss.
- Esophagogastroduodensoscopy (EGD):
An EGD is an examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP):
An ERCP is a test that combines the use of a flexible, lighted scope (endoscope) with X-ray pictures to examine the tubes that drain the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy:
Is a routine outpatient procedure in which the inner lining of the lower large intestine is examined. Flexible sigmoidoscopies are commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or changes in bowel habits.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. Bronchoscopy may be done to diagnose problems with the airway, the lungs, or with the lymph nodes in the chest, or to treat problems such as an object or growth in the airway.
- Heart Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization (KATH-e-ter-i-ZA-shu
n) is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions. A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, doctors can do diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart.
An angiogram is an X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera (fluoroscopy) to take pictures of the blood flow in an artery (such as the aorta) or a vein (such as the vena cava). An angiogram can be used to look at the arteries or veins in the head, arms, legs, chest, back, or belly.
An aortogram is a diagnostic test used to provide care providers with more information about the shape, structure, size, and position of the aorta in a patient's body.
A pacemaker is a small device that sends electrical impulses to the heart muscle to maintain a suitable heart rate and rhythm. A pacemaker may also be used to treat fainting spells (syncope), congestive heart failure, and rarely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is implanted just under the skin of the chest during minor surgery.
Replacing a pacemaker battery is called a 'generator change'. A pacemaker generator change is a short, low risk outpatient procedure.
An implantable loop recorder is a small device that is implanted under the skin to help identify the causes of fainting.
- Intravenous (IV) Hydration
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)