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PULMONARY CLINIC FACTSHEET

Posted 2/12/2010 Printable Fact Sheet

It is the goal to ensure that you receive the best care possible during each and every visit to our clinic. We have a board certified pulmonologist who will help to diagnose and treat any pulmonary abnormalities you may have. Our staff also consists of a phenomenal group of technicians who will guide you through any procedures you may need to have accomplished.

Hours of Operation: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on federal holidays
Front Desk Phone Number: 883-8358
Location: First floor, directly across from the pharmacy
Central Appointments Phone Number: 883-8600

We offer both invasive and non-invasive procedures. Depending on the procedure your physician orders for you, it may be scheduled through either central appointments or clinic personnel. Please see the listing below to determine scheduling procedures.

Bronchoscopy - This procedure will be scheduled by pulmonologist or clinic personnel. Please allow 3 to 4 hours for a bronchoscopy; this includes time for preparation and recovery. Any patient having a bronchoscopy performed on an out-patient basis MUST have a friend or family member with them to drive them home. Preliminary results of this procedure will be available directly following the study; however, the patient is usually asked to make a follow-up appointment to obtain final results.

Exercise Induced Asthma Studies - This procedure will be scheduled by clinic personnel only. This test is performed on patients who are known to have bronchospasm during or immediately after they perform vigorous exercise. Please, ask the technician who schedules your test to clarify how long you must withhold your bronchodilator medications prior to having this test performed. Pleases, allow 1 to 1½ hours for this study to be performed. Results of this study must be obtained from the ordering physician via telephone consult or a follow-up appointment.

Methacholine Bronchial Challenge Test - This procedure will be scheduled by clinic personnel only. Methacholine studies are performed to identify airway hyperresponsiveness in patients with symptoms of bronchospasms who have normal pulmonary function studies. Please, ask the technician who schedules your test to clarify how long you must withhold your bronchodilator medications prior to having this test performed. Pleases, allow 1 to 1½ hours for this study to be performed. Results of this study must be obtained from the ordering physician via telephone consult or a follow-up appointment.

Pulmonary Function Testing  - This procedure will be scheduled through Central Appointments. It is a test to measure your lung function and how well air moves in and out of your lungs. We ask that you refrain from taking any inhalers (with the exception of steroidal medications) before coming in for this test, so an accurate measurement of your lung functions may be obtained. If you must use your inhalers prior to the test, please inform your technician; be sure to tell them which medication you took, and how long ago you took them. Please don't eat a prior to coming in for your PFT. If you require a small snack, that is OK, but the test requires a great deal of effort, so you should not have a large amount of food in your stomach. PFTs may be accomplished on patients of all age groups as long as they are able to understand and follow the directions being given to them by the technician. Results of this study must be obtained from the ordering physician via telephone consult or a follow-up appointment.

Appointments with the pulmonologist will only be scheduled if a patient has a current referral from their primary care provider in the system.







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