You probably know that spirometry is the only way to assess the health of the airways. What you may not know is that you are in the minority. Many among us have not had a chance to study about spirometry, its correct use and interpretation. The result is that obstructive airways diseases continue to haunt the lives of millions and claim an increasing number of lives
It has now been almost 150 years since spirometry was introduced to measure lung function. Unfortunately, this instrument has not yet found the place it deserves in the physician’s clinic and hospital, along side the sphygmomanometer, thermometer and X-ray. It is estimated that only 10 to 30 percent of primary care physicians in the developed world have a spirometer in their clinic. In India, an estimated 10 percent of general physicians and 50 of chest physicians use spirometry
Correctly performed spirometry, using an accurate spirometer, helps:
- Rapid and objective assessment of airflow obstruction and restrictive conditions
- Differentiation between asthma and COPD.
- Early detection and monitoring of disease progression (e.g. COPD)
- Quantitative assessment of the severity of airflow obstruction.
- Guide therapy based on COPD and asthma severity.
- Quantitative assessment of the response to therapy.
- Screen population to detect airflow obstruction—especially among smokers and ex-smokers (with and without symptoms) and all patients with respiratory symptoms.
- Encourage and motivate smoking cessation, especially if abnormal spirometry is obtained (by providing a strong “teachable moment”).
- Provide feedback to the patient about the disease and the effect of medication.
- More accurate and comprehensive assessment than peak flow.
Why Spirometry Simplified?
The objective of this workshop is to help doctors understand the importance of spirometry in clinical practice, improve the quality of spirometry measurements and their interpretation, and to encourage the use of spirometry in clinical practice. Technicians will also find this course useful
- Spirometry: Understanding the basics
- How to perform spirometry
- How to interpret spirometry
- Getting the curve right
- Practical demonstration
- Hands-on sessions
- Evaluations and questions
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Spirometry Workshops 2010
Spirometry Workshop : 20th August 2010