Respiratory care outpatient services include pulmonary function testing adult and pediatric arterial blood gases we will also teach you how to self manage respiratory difficulty you and your family will receive thorough training on any breathing apparatus that youll be using breathe more freely with compassionate care from the . Pulmonary exercise stress test this test tells how much air moves in and out of your lungs when you exercise during the test you may be asked to walk on a treadmill or ride on a stationary bike the test may show exactly where your breathing problems begin they may begin in your lungs your heart or both. The complete pulmonary function test or complete pft requires you to perform the spirometry lung volume and dlco methacholine challenge the therapist may perform tests that measure how your lungs respond to outside factors such as medications allergens or exercise this test is called the methacholine challenge. Respiratory therapy pulmonary function testing respiratory therapy respiratory therapists provide treatment and diagnostic respiratory services for patients in all clinical areas of maine medical center including the special care unit scu cardio thoracic intensive care unit cticu neonatal intensive care unit nicu the barbara bush childrens hospital emergency department . Pulmonary function testing is often considered the basis for diagnosis in many categories of pulmonary disease although most of the testing methodologies are well established and widely employed there are still many questions regarding how tests should be performed how to ensure that reliable data are produced what reference values and rules should be used and how pulmonary function tests
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