Olivia Hospital & Clinic respiratory therapist works with people of all ages, from birth to the elderly, treating asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis and many other breathing challenges. The therapist also works with patients before or after surgery to help with breathing or prevent future problems.

Pulmonary Function Testing, respiratory evaluations and pulmonary rehab are some of the outpatient services provided at Olivia Hospital & Clinic. There are several reasons why your provider may want you to complete a pulmonary function test. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Smoking history
  • Pre-operative evaluation
  • Environmental exposure
  • Disability evaluation
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Neuromuscular Disease

Respiratory Tests Offered at OHC

Your provider will order which type of testing is best suited to meet your diagnostic needs.

Flow Volume Loop

The same general test as spirometry, except the data collected is plotted in a different way. The patterns revealed may indicate the site and nature of any airways obstruction.

Body Plethysmography

Body plethysmography or “Body Box”, is a very sensitive lung volume measurement used to detect abnormalities that might be missed on basic spirometry. This method measures the absolute volume of air within the lungs. The absolute volume can either be increased or decreased with different forms of lung disease.

Diffusion Capacity (DLCO)

DLCO or commonly called lung diffusion testing, measures how well oxygen and carbon dioxide can pass from the lungs into the blood stream and vice versa. The value can either be increased or decreased related to different forms of cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.

Methacholine Challenge Testing

Methacholine Challenge Testing is used to determine how responsive or irritable the airways are and to help diagnose asthma. The subject is asked to inhale a mist that contains methacholine. Spirometry is then assessed to see if there is a change in the volume or speed in which the air can be blown out. This test is helpful to evaluate unexplained cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath.

Pulse Oximetry

This test estimates the amount of oxygen in the blood stream by shining a light through a fingertip. Because blood that holds a lot of oxygen is a different color than less oxygenated blood (oxygenated blood is bright red, otherwise it is purple), the device is able to estimate the blood’s oxygen content.

Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Measurements

Arterial Blood Gases (ABG’s) are used to measure the acidity (ph) and levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an artery. This test is used to check how well your lungs are able to move oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. This test is even more accurate than pulse oximetry.

Our caring and professional respiratory therapists provide unique care based on each patient’s needs, from an asthmatic child in the emergency room to an elderly person with chronic disease. Proper use of oxygen and respiratory medications can help the person live well with their disease.

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