Pulmonary Function Technologist

Run tests on patients to diagnose lung and heart diseases.

What does a Pulmonary Function Technologist do?

On an average day, people don’t give much thought to how their lungs are working. Unless, of course, they realize that they’re “cardiovascularly” challenged (a.k.a. out of shape) while trudging along on the treadmill. But Pulmonary Function Technologists think about it every day. That’s because it’s the Pulmonary Function Technologist’s job to understand, diagnose, and treat conditions that affect the lungs.

Part of your job as a Pulmonary Function Technologist is to figure out what’s going on with a patient’s lungs and heart. That means you schedule appointments, greet patients, and perform diagnostic tests, such as electrocardiograms (EKG). Then, the Pulmonary Function Technologist evaluates and records the findings, and rushes the information off to the patient’s Respiratory Therapist or Doctor.

Once the patient is diagnosed, you might also help treat the condition. You might administer a nebulizer in an urgent care or Family Doctor ‘s office. If the patient is hospitalized, you might monitor lung activity, update the patient’s chart, and administer treatments.

You’re familiar with how different equipment works, and prepared to use it as directed. For example, a Doctor might request an EKG and then order the use of a ventilator. In addition to equipment knowledge, you also have a friendly, helpful bedside manner. After all, undergoing testing or being in the hospital is a scary experience, so you do your part to answer questions, provide information, and help the patient feel calm.