Recently 3 of our Cardiopulmonary Staff sat for the CPFT exam. All 3 of our Staff passed the exam on their first try. Please offer your congratulations to Chris Bowlin, Dennis Bradberry, and Amy Obrecht. Currently Chris, Dennis and Amy are our only therapists who are doing PFTs, so 100% of the PVMC PFT personnel are certified in PFTs.
One of the diagnostic tests that our Outpatient Cardiopulmonary Department does is Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT). PFTs are used to diagnose various types of lung disease. The National Board for Respiratory Care offers a Certified Pulmonary Function Test (CPFT) for Respiratory Therapists who perform these exams. The CPFT examination is extensive, and a thorough familiarity with current equipment is vital. The registrant must be familiar with the techniques of setting-up, calibrating, and maintaining an array of equipment, such as blood gas analyzers, peak flow meters, and pulmonary breathing measurement devices. The test taker must also answer questions regarding the necessity and performance of the testing procedures. There are a total of 115 multiple-choice questions within the three major content areas of equipment, diagnostic procedures, and data management. This is an extremely challenging exam and for first time testers there is, on average, 61% fail rate.