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This course describes the tests respiratory therapists should be familiar with even if they do not work in a pulmonary function laboratory. In addition to defining the common pulmonary function tests performed, a brief discussion of what may cause abnormalities in the results is included.
AARC Approval #145608000
- List the primary indications for pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and special procedures used.
- Explain ATPS/BTPS and ATS standards.
- Differentiate between lung volumes and lung capacities and the volumes contained therein.
- Explain what spirometry is and the volumes and flow rates that can be determined by spirometry as well as the lung volumes that cannot be measured by spirometry.
- Summarize the DLCO procedure.
- Explain body plethysmography.
- List the purpose of performing the helium dilution and nitrogen washout.
- Describe the pulmonary angiogram or arteriogram.
- List the main purpose of a V/Q scan.
- Differentiate obstructive and restrictive disorders based on PFT results.
- Explain the normal and abnormal range in “percent of predicted” values.
- Specify the formula for ideal body weight (IBW) and calculating the oxygen index as well as how to calculate the P/F ratio.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.