Kevin Richardson, RRT Cardiopulmonary Department Manager and patient Kelley-Anne Smith

Cardiopulmonary Services

Harbor Beach Community Hospital is pleased to announce the newest piece of equipment that was purchased, the advanced Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) machine. This state of the art PFT machine will be able to better help service the patients who have breathing and lung problems.

What are pulmonary function tests (PFTs)?

Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are a group of tests that measure how well your lungs work. This includes how well you’re able to breathe and how effective your lungs are able to bring oxygen to the rest of your body.

Your doctor may order these tests:

  • if you’re having symptoms of lung problems

  • if you’re regularly exposed to certain substances in the environment or workplace

  • may be a requirement for various types of employment

  • to monitor the course of chronic lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • to assess how well your lungs are working before you have surgery

  • PFTs are also known as lung function tests

  • To assess the effects of certain medications

Why are these tests done?

Your doctor will order these tests to determine how your lungs are working. If you already have a condition that’s affecting your lungs, your doctor may order this test to see if the condition is progressing or how it’s responding to treatment.

PFTs can help diagnose:

 

To schedule an appointment with Kevin once you have a doctor order, call central scheduling at 989-479-5024.