Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and Surgery Center has announced the relocation of its Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) Laboratory. To better serve the needs of our patients and physicians, the lab has moved to the main hospital campus, 16420 W. Highway 24. The lab, originally located at the PPRH Medical Clinic, specializes in analyzing patients at high altitude in an outpatient setting.
PFT’s are designed to measure the amount of air in the lungs, and determine how the lungs function by moving air in and out. The exam can help diagnose what type of lung disease someone has, how the disease is changing over time and how the disease is responding to treatments.
Commonly used to help identify and treat patients with asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) cystic fibrosis and other lung disorders, a PFT might also be used to monitor the response to different therapies prescribed and can help measure the effects of certain drugs on the lungs. In addition, it can be used to determine the effect on the lungs from curvatures of the spine or deformities of the breastbone. All tests are performed by registered respiratory therapists who are specially trained in pulmonary function testing.
“Our leadership has long had a vision to provide healthcare services tailored to the residents of our community which is situated at over 8,000 feet in elevation,” says Terry Buckner, CEO. “Significant resources have been invested in order to offer this vital testing tool, which will allow physicians to better treat the pulmonary needs of patients from this area,” he added.