Please note that Philips Respironics has placed a voluntary recall on some of their ventilators, BiPAP and CPAP machines. Here is some important information related to this recall:
- The Philips Respironics webpage contains lots of useful information and you can register your machine to determine if it is affected by this recall.
- The FDA has issued a statement indicating that affected devices may continue to be used until a replacement is available.
- Philips will replace all affected machines as devices become available. Insurance companies are not reimbursing for new devices from different manufacturers and our Medical Park providers are not writing orders for new machines with the only reason being this recall.
- Do not use the SoClean cleaner and instead clean the device by hand.
- Our Medical Park providers do not recommend using an additional filter as it may cause a drop in pressure and lead to ineffective flow.
Our pulmonary specialist oversees both our home sleep study program and spirometry and lung function assessments.
During the coronavirus pandemic we are taking additional precautions to minimize issues while performing spirometry testing.
Our home sleep study program continues with an escalated cleansing program between uses in accordance with industry guidelines.
What is Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
Pulmonary function testing (PFT) is a group of tests that measure how well your lungs work. These tests can help diagnose lung diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and emphysema. They can also help assess lung function before and after surgery.
How PFTs are performed
The tests are noninvasive, meaning they do not involve surgery or any cuts or injections.
You will typically be asked to breathe into a mouthpiece that is attached to a machine. The machine will measure your lung volumes, flow rates, and gas exchange. You may also be asked to perform other tasks, such as holding your breath or breathing as quickly as possible.