Complete Pulmonary Function Testing
COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the US. It affects an estimated 30 million people in the United States and only 12 million are diagnosed. Each day, ten Americans die from asthma, and in 2015, 3,615 people died from asthma.
Spirometry is a pulmonary function test that is used in the diagnosis of asthma, COPD and other lung diseases. It is also frequently used in occupational health to assess an employee’s fitness to wear a respirator and to monitor the employee’s lung health over time. With spirometry, changes in lung function can be detected before symptoms develop.
In addition to the benefits of spirometry, DLCO and lung volumes help to gain more detailed information about how the lungs are performing. A DLCO test assesses the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen to the blood. Lung volumes refers to the volume of air in the lungs at different phases of the respiratory cycle. A combination of spirometry, DLCO and lung volumes can help identify lung disease, measure the effects of medication on the lungs, and provide a better assessment of lung disease severity.
Why expand on spirometry with DLCO and lung volumes?
- DLCO is the most powerful predictor of survival in patients with COPD. Ref.
- DLCO is used as an indicator of lung disease severity.Ref.
- DLCO can show a comorbidity of COPD in heart failure in patients.Ref.
- Assess the hospitalization risk in a COPD patient.Ref.
- DLCO is helpful in detecting drug-induced lung disease. Ref.
- DLCO is useful as an early indicator for detecting interstitial lung disease before lung volumes become decreased.Ref.
- Monitor disease progression in CF patients with Lung Clearance Index (LCI). Ref.
Why ndd for your complete PFT testing needs?
The EasyOne Pro & Pro LAB portable PFT devices were designed with portability, simplicity and accuracy in mind. Weighing only 18 lbs, the EasyOne Pro & Pro LAB, are compact and durable without compromising quality. Our state-of-the-art TrueFlow and TrueCheck technologies, built into all of our PFT equipment, eliminate all sources of error providing unprecedented accuracy and reliable results, every time.
With portable PFT testing, you can improve efficiency and quality of care by providing complete lung function testing at the point of care such as in a physician office, clinic or at the bedside with confidence.
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