How the Lungs Work & Pulmonary Function Tests
The goal of this course is to offer education about how the respiratory system and how the lungs work and discuss different pulmonary function tests.

Course Publication Date: November 26, 2018

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Author:Anita Rothera-Delaney RN, BS
Course No:HLW112618
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Medical & Surgical Issues

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Learning Objectives
  • Describe how the respiratory system and the lungs work for gas exchange.
  • Name four types of pulmonary functions tests.
  • Discuss some of the terms related to pulmonary function testing such as FEV1, FVC, and FEV6.
  • Describe some of the key recommendations for practice from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease and/or American Thoracic Society Criteria.
  • Discuss some of the steps necessary to determine the validity of pulmonary function tests.
  • Describe the American Thoracic Society Grades for Severity of a Pulmonary Function Test abnormality.
  • Name two common causes of both obstructive and restrictive lung disease.


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