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Pulmonary Function Testing, Third Edition
A Practical Approach

Author(s): Jack Wanger, MSc, RRT, RPFT, PRA International
  • ISBN-13: 9780763781187
  • Paperback    387 pages      © 2012
Price: $113.95 US List
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Pulmonary Function Testing: A Practical Approach, Third Edition covers the most commonly performed pulmonary function tests in an engaging and easily accessible format. This comprehensive resource is ideal for respiratory care students and is also a valuable reference for practitioners. The most commonly performed exercise tests are separated into individual chapters to allow a full overview of each test.


Pulmonary Function Testing: A Practical Approach, Third Editioncontains updated material including the latest guidelines and recommendations from the American Thoracic Society, the American Association for Respiratory Care, and the European Respiratory Society. The Third Edition also includes new expanded chapters covering Maximal Inspiratory Testing, Expiratory Pressures Testing, Pediatrics, Blood Gases, and Reference Values. This text is an ideal guide for both classroom learning and application in the clinical setting.

Each chapter reviews a particular pulmonary function test or common group of tests and includes:
• Relevant Physiology
• Pertinent Background Information
• Technical Factors
• Relevant Instrumentation
• Respiratory Calculations
• Patient Cases
• Self-assessment Questions
• References

Instructor Resources include an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint Presentations, TestBank, and an Image Bank.

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Each chapter reviews a particular pulmonary function test or common group of tests and includes:

  • Relevant Physiology
  • Pertinent Background Information
  • Technical Factors
  • Relevant Instrumentation
  • Respiratory Calculations
  • Patient Cases
  • Self-assessment Questions
  • References

Instructor Resources: Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint Presentations, Image Bank, and a TestBank. Select Testbank questions are mapped to the CPFT Matrix

Applicable Courses

  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Respiratory Therapy Procedures
  • Respiratory Therapy Assessment
  • Pulmonary Diagnostic Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Skills
Chapter  1  Forced Spirometry and Related Tests
Chapter  2  Lung Volumes
Chapter  3  Single-Breath Carbon Monoxide Diffusing Capacity
Chapter  4  Airway Resistance by Body Plethysmography
Chapter  5  Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test
Chapter  6  Six-Minute Walk Test
Chapter  7  Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction Test
Chapter  8  Bronchial Challenge Testing with Pharmacological Agents
Chapter  9  Maximal Inspiratory and Expiratory Pressures
Chapter  10  Pediatric Pulmonary Function Testing
Chapter  11  Blood Gases and Associated Technologies
Chapter  12  Pulmonary Function Testing Reference (Predicted) Values
Appendix  A  Answers to Self-Assessment Questions
Appendix  B  Conversion of Volumes
Appendix  C  Mathematics of Boyle’s Law
Appendix  D  Pulmonary Terms, Symbols, and Defi nitions
Appendix  E  Calculation of Mean and Standard Deviation

Jack Wanger, MSc, RRT, RPFT-PRA International

Jack Wanger, MSc, RRT, RPFT has been involved in respiratory therapeutics, pulmonary function testing and pulmonary physiology for over 40 years. Mr. Wanger was previously the Manager and Technical Director of the Pulmonary Physiology Unit at National Jewish Medical and Research Center (now National Jewish Health) in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Wanger joined PRA International, a contract research organization, in 1997 as a clinical research scientist. At PRA, Mr. Wanger has been involved in client consulting, protocol development, pulmonary function testing quality assurance, and preparation of clinical study reports and manuscripts. Mr. Wanger is a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). He has been appointed to the ATS Committee on Proficiency Standards for Clinical Pulmonary Function Laboratories, and was a member of the ATS and European Respiratory Society (ERS) Task Force which developed the 2005 guidelines on pulmonary function testing. Mr. Wanger has published numerous peer review articles and is currently the Editor-in-Chief and project coordinator for the American Thoracic Society’s Pulmonary Function Laboratory Management and Procedure Manual

  • “I am very pleased with the Wanger's  3rd. edition of Pulmonary Function Testing: A Practical Approach; I would strongly recommend it for use as a standard shelf reference text in the cardiopulmonary clinical laboratory as well as a text for the health care professions student studying entry-level pulmonary function diagnostic testing. The practical approach taken with this text makes it user-friendly to the student learner and practicing clinician alike”

    ~ Perry W. Sheppard, M.Ed., RRT-NPS, RPFT, RCP, Program Coordinator, Respiratory Therapy, Len B. Preslar, Jr. School of Allied Health, Forsyth Technical Community College

  • “One nice thing about Wanger - it is easier to understand and has good illustrations. Wanger does try to make it more practical (as he says in the title.) I also like the self assessment questions and that he put the answers in the back of the book. I think it should be easy for the students to test themselves and check whether they are correctly answering. We do plan to adopt Wanger's PFT text.”

    ~ Erin E. Davis MS, MEd, RRT-NPS, Clinical Coordinator - Director Clinical Education
    Program in Respiratory Care, Ochsner Health System

  • "A complete explanation of PF equipment and testing along with case study applications."
    ~ Ed Anderson, MS, RRT, Seward County Community College

  • "This is a terrific teaching tool. My Fellows refer to this text frequently."
    ~ Alan Barker, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Oregon State University

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763781187

Image Bank
Instructor Manual
Sample Image Bank
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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