June 2003, Volume 33 Number 6 , p 18 - 18
© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(6) June 2003 p 18 When is a pulmonary function test needed? [CLINICAL QUERIES]
King, Joan E. RN, C, ACNP, ANP, PhD
Clinical Queries is coordinated by Joan E. King, RN, C, ACNP, ANP, PhD, program director for the acute care nurse practitioner program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn.
I'm caring for a 70-year-old man who's scheduled for a colectomy. He has no cardiac history and quit smoking 3 months ago after 40 years of smoking two packs a day. He denies any shortness of breath but says his level of activity is limited by arthritis in his left hip .
He wonders why his physician ordered a pulmonary function test, even though he's now a nonsmoker. What should I tell him?H.E., ORE .
Joan E. King, RN, C, ACNP, ANP, PhD, replies: In your patient's ...