Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy

4 Contact Hours

  • Michael R. Carr, BA, RRT, RCP
  • Helen Schaar Corning, RRT, RCP
Item#: V7209
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)

Pulmonary Function Testing

Price $34.95
Item # V7209
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

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

Course Objectives

  • 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.