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Christiana Care's Pulmonary Function Laboratory

When you can’t breathe easily, ChristianaCare's Pulmonary Function Laboratory helps your doctor figure out why and how we can help.

Why Choose ChristianaCare?

ChristianaCare is recognized by the American Association for Respiratory Care as a Quality Respiratory Care institution. Only about 15 percent of hospitals nationwide earn this award for relying on specially-trained therapists to deliver respiratory services and following other national standards recommended by the association.

Your doctor can order our lab to perform a variety of tests to evaluate your respiratory system.

These tests are used to:

    • Determine lung health.
    • Diagnose and monitor the progression of lung conditions and diseases, including shortness of breath, asthma and lung cancer.
    • Assess readiness for surgery.
    • Monitor side effects of radiation therapy or drug therapy.
    • Verify effectiveness of treatment for lung disease.
    • Determine level of disability.
    • Enter a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

    Pulmonary Function Laboratory

    Christiana Hospital, Room 1571
    4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
    Newark, DE 19718 - directions
     8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

    Wilmington Hospital, Room IN56
    501 W. 14th St.
    Wilmington, DE 19801 - directions
    8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., 4 days per week (variable)

    Pulmonary Rehabilitation

    When you have chronic lung disease, even routine, daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, showering or making the bed can cause shortness of breath. This can cause you to become fearful of physical activity and lead you to become less active.

    ChristianaCare’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can aid in stabilizing and even improving the symptoms of lung disease, including shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Our licensed and specially trained respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists will help you return to your highest level of function through education, exercise and functional activities. Our Medical Director, Dr. Mazen Kreidy, board-certified in critical care medicine, pulmonary disease and internal medicine, leads our team in your care.

    Pulmonary rehabilitation can also help you to:

        • Increase your energy.
        • Manage your medication or oxygen therapy.
        • Maintain a positive outlook.
        • Stay out of the hospital.
        Who is eligible for pulmonary rehabilitation?

        Your doctor may recommend a pulmonary rehabilitation program if your diagnosis shows that you have:

        To enroll, you will need a prescription from your doctor and may need a recent pulmonary function test (PFT). Once you have enrolled, a team of specialists will assess your condition, review your medical history and design a program for you that may include pulmonary education, exercise training and breathing retraining.

        If your doctor has not already recommended pulmonary rehabilitation for you, be sure to ask. Check with your insurance company to determine the level of coverage for pulmonary rehabilitation offered by your plan.

        After you have completed your program, you may wish to continue your visits for ongoing maintenance. We will recommend facilities that are supervised and safe for you to continue your exercise program.

        For more information, call us at: 302-661-3302.

        Eugene du Pont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute
        3506 Kennett Pike
        Wilmington, DE 19807

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