If you have a lung disease such as asthma or COPD, or are having symptoms of lung problems, your doctor may order a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) and set you up with an appointment to see Mary Curtis, the Certified Respiratory Therapist at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics.
In order to make these tests easier for patients and to deliver more accurate results CVHC recently acquired a new PFT machine.
“The new machine checks how the patient is breathing, how they are able to take air into and out of their lungs, how well the oxygen is able to transfer into the blood stream when it is into the lungs, and also the lung volumes,” says Curtis. “The machine also measures lung volumes and it will tell us if a patient is air trapping (difficulty exhaling completely) or not.”
These tests are commonly ordered by a patients Primary Care Provider, the VA, a cardiologist, or a pulmonologist. PFT tests are typically scheduled Monday - Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and they usually take about an hour to complete.
If you haven’t been to see Mary Curtis recently, know that she moved into the old radiology area in the hospital building. If patients need to speak with radiology now they will need to check in with the outpatient receptionist.
The PFT machine is located in Mary’s new office and is designed to be easy for Mary to use (and even easier for patients). The machine’s benefits include faster set-up, minimal analysis time, and unprecedented patient comfort.
“If you have any additional questions, or think you might benefit form a PFT test, please talk to your primary care provider at CVHC,” says Curtis.