The Durable Medical Equipment Department: Helping Overcome Some of Life’s Biggest Challenges.

CIHA’s Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Department helps patients with breathing issues, ambulatory challenges, and a variety of other disabilities, often working in conjunction with patients’ general practitioners, Integrated Care Team, or the Respiratory Therapy Department. With the careful application of useful tools and devices, DME can make life a little easier. Those with breathing issues might be prescribed nebulizers, oxygen equipment, CPAPs, etc., while those with ambulatory challenges are often assisted with walkers, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices.

A Partial Look at What the DME Department Offers:

  • Positive Airway Pressure devices and supplies
  • Nebulizers and supplies
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Bathroom aids
  • Canes
  • Rollators
  • SoClean CPAP cleaners

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Closed daily: 12–1 p.m.

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I get DME supplies?

    To receive any equipment for CPAPs, oxygen, and nebulizers, please call the Respiratory Therapy Department or the company that provided your equipment originally. To receive supplies, please call 828.497.9163 ext. 6389.

  • What is OSA?

    OSA is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by the relaxing of the airway during sleep. That, in turn, can interrupt your sleep, waking you in the middle of the night. It can also lead to issues with snoring, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, and/or morning headaches.

  • How do I know if I have OSA? How is OSA treated?

    If you feel that you have signs or symptoms of OSA, begin by making an appointment with your primary care provider. Discuss your symptoms accurately and honestly. You may find that your primary provider will consult with the Respiratory Therapy Department, which may then suggest a home sleep study or a visit to the sleep lab. Based on the results of either option, your doctor will then determine your ideal treatment options. Most commonly, a CPAP (a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device) is prescribed, often with good results.

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