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Pulmonary Functions Lab

Description of Unit

The Lung Diagnostic Center is a HOD department consisting of two Bronchoscopy procedural rooms offering services Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:30. The Lab is located on the 6th floor of the North Tower of UF Health Shands Hospital. Each procedure room is staffed with a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The RN is responsible for assessment and monitoring the patient and the RRT is responsible for assisting the physician with the procedure.

Description of Patient Populations

The patient populations consist of in-patients and out-patients of all ages and acuity levels. Moderate Sedation is utilized for procedures with acuity levels of ASA one or two.

Nursing Care

Nursing care is focused on patient assessment, pre- procedural prep, ECG monitoring, medication administration including conscious sedation, patient comfort, procedural care, and observation of post procedure patients. Nurses utilize patient care protocols to deliver consistent, high quality care. Nursing activities also include IV insertion drips and IV fluid management. Respiratory management including pulse oximetry and oxygen therapy, neurological assessment and monitoring of sedation levels, safety precautions and patient/family education and support.

Health Care Team

The Medical Director is a Board Certified Pulmonologist and is appointed by the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine. The Pulmonary Division consists of attending physicians, fellows and physician assistants. The Unit is staffed with registered nurses, respiratory therapist, cardiopulmonary techs, patient care assistant/equipment tech, and an administrative assistant. A lead tech and a charge nurse report to a clinical coordinator. The coordinator serves as the liaison to the Director of Cardiopulmonary Department and the Medical Director.

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