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This chapter is from the book

Diagnostic Tests for Review

These are simply some of the tests that are useful in diagnosing pulmonary disorders. You should review the normal lab values as well as any special preparations for the client undergoing those tests. In addition, think about the care given to clients after the procedures have been completed. For instance, the client who has undergone a bronchoscopy will have a depressed gag reflex, which increases the chance of aspiration. No food or fluid should be given until the gag reflex returns. The tests for diagnosing pulmonary disorders are as follows:

  • CBC

  • Chest x-ray

  • Pulmonary function tests

  • Lung scan

  • Bronchoscopy

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