Cystic fibrosis: Lung function in children

Why we measure it - Healthy lungs are important for a long life. Lung function tests evaluate how well a child's lungs work. A forced expiratory volume test measures the amount of air a child can exhale with force in one breath. These types of tests can help diagnose lung problems and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and therapies.

What this means - Based on the most recent data provided by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Data Registry, school-age children managed at our center have lung function above the national average. More specifically, these outcomes place our center among the top 10 centers in the country for pulmonary outcomes in school-age children.

About the data - Data are collected by each cystic fibrosis center in the country and entered into a database which is analyzed by clinical experts at the CF Foundation. The foundation ranks the top 10 performing centers in 25 clinical areas and publishes this data on their website.

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How we provide the best care

  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was ranked #8 in the nation by Parents magazine in its 2013 Best Children's Hospitals survey. Our Pulmonary Clinic and Sleep Center was also named among the nation's best in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospital report.
  • The Cystic fibrosis program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin was one of the 2010 recipients of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Quality Care Award: Recognizing Outstanding Quality Improvement Processes and Accomplishments.
  • Lung function tests are performed as part of each clinic appointment. A respiratory therapist reviews medications and chest clearance techniques with the CF individual as part of this program.
  • Pulmonologists at Children's Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin conduct research to develop better treatments, enabling them to stay on the cutting edge of the latest therapies.