Pulmonary function testing is again available at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Pulmonary function testing at VMH ... The Respiratory Therapy Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has returned to offering pulmonary function testing for patients needing to test their lung capacity. This simple test is conducted in the Respiratory Therapy Department located on the lower level of the hospital by one of the two respiratory therapists on staff, Stacie Radloff or Chanice Larson. Betty Stahl of Waukon, pictured at right in the photo above, was referred just a week ago by her provider to have a pulmonary function test at the hospital. Chanice Larson, Respiratory Therapist, pictured at left, was able to schedule the procedure within a few days. Submitted photo.

The Respiratory Therapy Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has returned to offering pulmonary function testing for patients needing to test their lung capacity. This simple test is conducted in the Respiratory Therapy Department located on the lower level of the hospital by one of the two respiratory therapists on staff, Stacie Radloff or Chanice Larson.

Veterans Memorial Hospital has reopened many of its outpatient services in the last few weeks such as elective colonoscopies, mammograms, physical, occupational, speech and cardiac, rehabilitation, laboratory testing, massage therapy, and immunizations. Each and every patient and visitor who enters the hospital is screened with a temperature scan with a temporal thermometer and is asked a short series of health questions that are COVID-19 related.

Betty Stahl of Waukon was referred just a week ago by her provider, Jenny Stegen, NP, at the Waukon Gundersen Clinic, to have a pulmonary function test performed at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Stegen sent the order to the respiratory therapists who were able to schedule the procedure within a few days.

“I felt very comfortable coming into the hospital for my test,” stated Betty.  “I had a quick temperature scan and answered a few questions at the door when I arrived. It only took a minute. Then Chanice escorted me to her office for the test. I was glad they did all of that.”

The respiratory therapy department also offers overnight oximetry tests. Overnight oximetry tests can be ordered because of sleep disturbances to see if a sleep study test is needed. This test is simple and is done in the comfort of a patient’s own home.

For more information on the services offered by the Respiratory Therapy Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital, call 563-568-3411.

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