Rutland Pulmonary Center
Rutland Regional Medical Center offers a full range of
services for patients with pulmonary disease, including diagnostic testing,
treatment and management of lung disease and asthma, all provided by specially
trained staff in a supportive and caring environment.
Our Pulmonary Lab, supervised by our board certified
pulmonologists and staffed by registered respiratory therapists with additional credentials as pulmonary
function techologists, provides testing services and pulmonary
rehabilitation as well as educational programs about asthma and chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD).
The Pulmonary Lab provides state of the art diagnostic
testing for pulmonary disease and asthma. Testing may include:
Function Tests (PFT). Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that
measure lung function. PFT’s are used to help diagnose and treat a range of
respiratory diseases. They are also used to measure if lung disease is
progressing and how a patient is responding to treatment. PFT’s are usually
ordered and scheduled by a physician’s office.
Challenge. This test is a type of lung function test used to determine
whether cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness is due to
asthma. A baseline PFT must be done before a methacholine challenge test can be
The purpose of pulmonary rehabilitation is to help
patients control, reduce, and alleviate the symptoms of chronic pulmonary
diseases. This program is eight weeks in
duration with a focus on exercise and education. The benefits of pulmonary
rehab are substantial and include improved quality of life, increased exercise
tolerance, greater independence in activities of daily living, and decreased
use of medical resources.
Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Education
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease education is offered
for patients with a new or existing diagnosis of COPD. Patients are provided
information on the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease process; its
prevention and management; and the correct use of pulmonary medications. Assistance with smoking cessation and oxygen
education is available. On-going support and education from our
registered respiratory therapists is also available.
Pulmonary services are covered by Medicare and other
insurance and require referral from a physician.