Activity 5C: You Take My Breath Away

In order to diagnose lung diseases doctors employ a variety of tests designed to measure lung health and function. By analyzing the test results, both individually and in conjunction with one another, doctors make preliminary diagnoses. In many instances decision trees and flow charts are used to help organize the various pieces of data and direct thinking.

Decision trees help to focus the available information and narrow the scope of possible disease states to make the most viable diagnosis.

  • Identify and distinguish between obstructive and restrictive lung diseases
  • Use decision trees to make preliminary diagnoses
  • Measure Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) and Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1)
  • Calculate FEV1/FVC (%)
  • Use Predicted Normal Value tables
  • Calculate % predicted values
  • Research lung diseases
  • Prepare a presentation providing details about lung diseases

Lung volume, lung disorder, lung disease, obstructive, restrictive, pressure, volume, decision tree, forced vital capacity, FVC, forced expiratory volume in one second, FEV1

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Pulmo Park
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Lesson 5: Fill it Up: Pulmonary Health