If you suffer from chronic respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and occupational or environmental lung disease, your healthcare provide may order a pulmonary test and/or recommend rehabilitation. With the goal of improving your overall wellness and quality of life, the individualized treatment plans at Grand View Health focus on disease management, breathing retraining, and strength and endurance training to:
Pulmonary Testing Hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wed: 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Testing is performed at the Sellersville Outpatient Center and Grand View Hospital.
Pulmonary function test (PFT)- A pulmonary function test evaluates how well your lungs work. PFTs measure the amount of air in your lungs, how well the lungs move air in and out and possibly how medications affect the lungs. Your doctor may send you for PFTs to diagnose a lung disease, measure the severity of lung problems, as a pre-operative work-up or to see if a treatment is working for your lung disease. A respiratory therapist will guide you through each test.
Bring a list of all the medications you are taking. You may be asked to refrain from using your inhaled bronchodilator four to six hours before the tests; check with your doctor if you have any questions about this.
Don’t eat a heavy meal right before the test and avoid caffeinated foods or drinks. Don’t smoke or exercise strenuously for six hours before the test. On the day of the test, wear loose clothing that won’t restrict your breathing,
Home Oxygen Evaluation– A home oxygen evaluation is testing for the evaluation of desaturation (SpO2 less than 88%) and evaluation of home oxygen need.
During testing you will be asked to walk along a corridor. Your oxygen level and heart rate will be monitored as you exercise. If you desaturate you may be placed on oxygen or your oxygen increased (if already wearing) to obtain an oxygen saturation of 93%.
Your doctor will discuss your test results with you. Results are also accessible via mygvh.org, our patient portal.