Performing & interpreting Spirometry

Preparing the patient and equipment
  • Infection control

  • Quality assurance

  • Contraindications

  • Pre test information

Performing a good test
  • Performing spirometry accurately in line with recommendations

  • Technical acceptability and reproducibility

  • Measurements obtained during spirometry

  • Common errors

Interpreting spiormetry
  • Checking the test is fit to interpret

  • Interpreting the graphs

  • Interpreting the numbers

  • Recognising spirometry patterns

  • Considering the findings in the context of the history

  • Writing a good report