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Setting the Standards for Pulmonary Function Testing

The new ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Management and Procedure Manual 3rd Edition e-book with PDF download is now available for sale in the ATS Store

The 3rd Edition includes updates on methods and procedures for management including:

  • General operational issues
  • Facilities
  • Personnel
  • Hygiene and Safety
  • Quality control
  • Procedure Manual format

The Manual meets Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) recommendations and includes the latest procedural information on commonly performed pulmonary function tests including:

  • Lung Volumes
  • DLCO
  • Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis
  • 6-minute walk test
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise test

Product:  ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Management and Procedure Manual 3rd Edition

Author: Jack Wanger, MSc, RRT, RPFT, FAARC

Format:  E-book with PDF Download

Price: $300

A five-year inclusion term in the ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry, a $250 dollar value, comes FREE with a purchase of the ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Management and Procedure Manual e-book with PDF download

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The ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry

The ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry is an inclusion and acknowledgment program that accepts U.S. and international pulmonary function laboratories that have made the commitment to follow and maintain established ATS/ERS standards for pulmonary function testing.

At the present time, pulmonary function laboratories in the U.S. have no national accreditation requirements.  Unlike other laboratories accredited by government or professional groups, pulmonary function laboratories are thus often subjected to arbitrary local or institutional standards that may not be appropriate. 

The American Thoracic Society, the largest pulmonary organization in North America, has taken steps to address that disparity by offering pulmonary function laboratories inclusion into a registry that acknowledges the importance of following and maintaining established standards in pulmonary function testing. 

To be included in the Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry a laboratory must first complete the online ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry application and self-report on laboratory operations and commitment to ATS/ERS testing standards. The application procedure provides a quality assurance checklist for pulmonary function laboratories using established ATS/ERS standards for testing equipment, methodology and interpretation.

Laboratories submitting a completed application accepted by the ATS will be included in the ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry for a five-year term and will be issued a certificate* acknowledging their inclusion in the Registry.

An individual five-year inclusion term in the ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Registry is priced at $250 dollars and can be purchased through the ATS Store.

Questions?   Please contact Barbara Horner at bhorner@thoracic.org

*The completion and submission of an application by a laboratory and subsequent issuance of a certificate by the ATS does not imply credentialing or accreditation of that laboratory by the ATS.

Last Reviewed: November 2016