In addition, respiratory therapy professionals provide a range of patient and family education, which is crucial to providing comprehensive care to promote recovery and keep patients healthier longer.
Pulmonary Function Test
Our Respiratory Therapy team also performs diagnostic pulmonary function tests. A pulmonary function test (PFT) can measure how your lungs are working. This test shows how much air your lungs can take in and how well the air flows out of your lungs. A PFT can also help your doctor assess how well your inhalers are working.
A PFT takes about an hour. During the test, you will be asked to sit in a booth, with nose clips on your nose, while you perform different breathing maneuvers. During the breathing maneuvers, a respiratory therapist will measure the airflow going in and out of your lungs.
If you have been diagnosed with COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, have a long smoking history or experience chronic shortness of breath, ask your doctor if you should be referred for a pulmonary function test.