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Respiratory Care

The pulmonary function laboratory at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is equipped to treat patients with issues that affect the lungs and your breathing.

Many patients are referred by their physician if they are suffering from asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, acute and chronic respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, sleep disorders, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung infections. Early detection and treatment can decrease the severity of disease progression.

WHAT IS A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST

Pulmonary function tests are a group of non-invasive tests that evaluate how well your lungs work. These tests determine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood.

The tests can diagnose lung diseases, measure severity of lung problems, and check to see how well treatment for a lung disease is working.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST

When you arrive, you will meet with a respiratory therapist and complete a medical history form. To complete the pulmonary function test, you will go through a series of steps to measure your lung capacity or function. These steps include:

  • Flow of air through the lungs
  • Normal breathing capacity
  • The force of your breathing
  • The largest amount of air you can breathe per minute
  • Your lungs’ ability to absorb gases in the air

After your pulmonary function test, the results from your test will be sent to the referring physician.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing as you may need to walk during a portion of the test.
  • Consult with your physician about specific instruction for bronchodilators or inhaler medications.
  • Do not eat a heavy meal before the test. 
  • If you are a smoker, you should not smoke for four to six hours prior to your appointment. If you smoke, quitting may be the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. The following resources may help you reach this goal:

PULMONARY FUNCTION LABORATORY LOCATION

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Medical Office Building 1
1040 N. Mason Road, Suite 116
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
314.996.8687

HOW TO SCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT

You will need a referral from your physician to schedule an appointment. If you feel that you are a part of this high-risk group or are experiencing respiratory symptoms, contact your physician and ask if you are a candidate for a pulmonary function test.

Once approved by your physician, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.996.8080 or toll-free at 844.542.9378 to schedule your pulmonary function test.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 on Olive Boulevard, at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur, Missouri, a west county suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. 

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