Spirometry is the most common of the Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) that measure lung function, specifically the amount (volume) and/or speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. Spirometry is an important tool for generating pneumotachographs, which are helpful in assessing conditions such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and COPD.
Spirometry is only useful as a screening technique where uniformity and quality of practice exist. Without a thorough understanding of the principles involved, the methodology, the effects of the disease on lung function, it is difficult for practitioners to be confident and competent in practice.
This Spirometry training course for HCAs will provide an overview of the key elements of patient preparation and safety and the importance of accuracy and reproducibility in testing. This is a very practical course, encouraging interactive discussion and implementation of this skill within the HCA role. We will cover problems encountered during testing such as coughs and slow starts as well as the role of the HCA in relation to assisting the nurse.
To understand applied anatomy and physiology relating to respiration and respiratory disease
To understand the terms relating to lung function
To understand the indications and limitations of spirometry
To understand the requirements for care and maintenance of equipment including infection control measures where appropriate
To gain confidence in the performance of spirometry
Overview of the respiratory system
Principles of measurement
Contraindications to testing
Preparation and performance of the test
Prevention of cross contamination
Use of bronchodilators
Anatomy and physiology
Who should attend / would be applicable?
AB Health Group awards CPD points / certificate of attendance for each course. If you would prefer an accredited certificate by our accrediting body One Awards (NOCN) we can organise this. The charge for the certificate including postage is £25.00.