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Tenet Health Central Coast provides a full range of Respiratory Therapy services for both inpatients and outpatients, including a Pulmonary Function Lab at both Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. These labs have the ability to perform adult and pediatric complete Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT’s) including:

  • Spirometry
  • Bronchodilator Evaluation Spirometry
  • Diffusion of Carbon Monoxide (DLCO)
  • Lung Volumes Measured by Plethysmography (Body Box)
  • Methacholine Challenge (Bronchial Challenge)
  • Functional Reserve Volume (FRC)by Plethysmography, or Nitrogen Wash-Out
  • Total Lung Capacity
  • Arterial Blood Gas Testing
  • Co-Oximetry for the measurement of actual Oxygen Saturation (O2Hb%), Carboxyhemoglobin (COHb%), and Methemoglobin (MetHb%)
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Simple Stress Testing (6 minute walking pulse Oximetry study)

All studies are performed by a California Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner and read by pulmonologists. Physician orders should be sent to Outpatient Services for scheduling. Same week appointments are generally available. Emergent appointments can be made on a case-by-case basis. Pediatric testing limited to patient’s ability.

Testing Available

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
Scheduling: (805) 546-7676
Fax: (805) 546-7752

Twin Cities Community Hospital
Tuesday – Thursday
Scheduling: (805) 434-4399
Fax: (805) 434-4708

In addition to diagnostic testing, we also offer medication administration and patient education to improve respiratory status.

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