Respiratory Care Professionals (RCPs) are skilled in the treatment, management, and care of patients with lung disease. They have in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and medicine. RCPs are a vital part of the medical staff team and work closely with nurses and physicians in establishing appropriate therapy for patients.
Respiration is the act of inhaling and exhaling or breathing. The tests that measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer gases in and out of the blood stream are called pulmonary function tests or PFT's. There are several different PFT's that may be ordered to measure your breathing functions.
Pulmonary function tests are performed to diagnose diseases of the lung such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. They are also used to determine the cause of shortness of breath and to help detect lung disease at an early stage, before you have symptoms.
PFT's can measure the effects of exposure to chemicals, coal dust, smoking and other toxins on your lung function, as well as measuring the effectiveness of medications and other treatments.
The tests are also used as a preoperative evaluation of lung function.
All pulmonary function tests must be scheduled through centralized scheduling at the appropriate facility.