Pulmonary Testing General guidelines for ordering PFT's
  • If the patient is less than 4 years old, please refer them to the pulmonary clinic for evaluation by a Pediatric Pulmonologist.
  • If the patient is less than 6 years old, please be aware that test results may not be diagnostic. If you feel that the patient needs a pulmonary evaluation, consider scheduling an appointment in the Pulmonary Clinic and PFT's will be attempted at the first visit.
  • If the patient is neurologically impaired or unable to follow detailed instructions, please refer to the pulmonary clinic.
  • If the patient takes inhaled bronchodilators, please instruct them to refrain from taking the medication for 6 hours prior to their appointment.
  • Instruct the patient to wear comfortable clothing and shoes in the event that exercise testing is indicated.
  • For referring physicians, please specify the test you would like performed when ordering. If you would like a bronchodilator to be given for bronchospasm evalutation, be sure to include an order for the medication including a dosage (ex: 4 puffs albuterol MDI with spacer) on your referral.
  • If a methacholine challenge is requested, please refer the patient to the pulmonary clinic to be evaluated by the Pulmonologist, unless special arrangements are made with staff.
  • If a bronchoscopy or laryngoscopy is requested, please refer the patient to the pulmonary clinic to be evaluated by the Pulmonologist, unless special arrangements are made with staff.
  • Please allow at least 24 hours advance for appointments. Special arrangements may be made by Pulmonary Function Lab staff depending on their schedule.
  • Test results will be faxed to referring physicians outside of the hospital typically within 7-10 business days, unless otherwise specified. If results have not been received in this time frame, please call the lab directly.
  • If testing is needed for an inpatient at the Gillham Road campus, please have the ordering physician or the patients nurse call the lab at ext. 53422 to schedule after orders have been entered.

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