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Ordering Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs)
- Enter order, as written by physician, using the Powerchart system of the Cerner product. The only correct order for non-respiratory personnel to use is "Pulm Function Test - NURSING ONLY", which is found in the Respiratory Care orders catalog. This will send notices both to the respiratory department and the PFT area.
- If there is any known information that makes the PFT more urgent, include that information in the Powerchart notification. Such information might be that the patient is for surgery in the AM, is awaiting results for discharge, etc.
- The PFT staff will work the patient's exam into the schedule as soon as possible, taking into consideration what is already scheduled and any variances that the patient's own schedule might cause, such as being in another area for another exam, etc.