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At McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center our goal is to provide better, faster, more comfortable, and more comprehensive medical treatments, diagnostic tests, and procedures. Each year the Respiratory Therapy staff performs thousands of these services. These highly trained medical professionals administer advanced technology in both diagnostic and therapeutic pulmonary services.Respiratory Care treats conditions that affect a person's breathing (pulmonary function).
Procedures can be scheduled by calling 541.744.6000, press Option 2.
Our Outpatient Registration Desk is located near the Emergency Entrance lobby.
Pulmonary Function Testing
The primary and most reliable tool in guiding physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. The Respiratory Therapy Department at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center offers a full range of Pulmonary Function Testing Monday through Friday using advanced technology. The Pulmonologists of Oregon Lung Specialist group interpret test results allowing ordering physicians to monitor lung function, fine tune medications and instruct their patients with preventative health measures. Interpreted tests results are available to physicians within three business days of testing.
Our pulmonary function technicians will measure and document oxygen saturation using pulse oximetry with each test.
Pulmonary Function Tests:
Spirometry Screening - The most widely used test to determine baseline lung function. Our well-trained pulmonary function technicians utilize American Thoracic Society standards to coach patients through breathing maneuvers to assure that the best possible performance has been measured.
Spirometry Before and After Delivery of Bronchodilator - Screens for the presence of obstructive lung disease and documents the effectiveness of therapeutic bronchodilators.
Lung Volumes - Utilizes a body of plethysmograph to obtain a measurement of the lung's total capacity of air, both exhaled and trapped. This test will provide a definitive diagnosis of obstructive vs. restrictive processes.
Diffusing Capacity - Utilizing gas dilution techniques, this test measures the forces at work allowing the molecular movement of gases from the lungs into the blood stream. Identifies/quantifies diffusion defects often seen in restrictive disease and inflammatory pulmonary processes.
Methacoline Challenge - When baseline spirometry is relatively normal and symptoms of asthma persist, an inhalation challenge procedure can reveal the presence of active or current asthma.
Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) - An ABG test measures the acidity and the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood from an arterial sample. Results of this test are communicated to physicians within one half hour of testing.
Your test(s) results are analyzed by pulmonologist to determine lung function. The interpreted test results allow your physician to fine tune medications and instruct you on preventative health measures. Most test results are available to your physician within three business days.
Better Breathers Support Group
This group provides opportunities to learn ways to cope with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and share information with others who understand the difficulties that COPD presents. Free monthly meetings offer presentations and discussion with health care professionals.
Meetings are on the third Tuesday each month, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street, Springfield. For more information call 541-726-4467.