A Guide to Performing Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry – NHS – 16 April 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Diagnostics, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: |

A Guide to Performing Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry – NHS – 16 April 2013

“Spirometry is one of the most common diagnostic tests performed in primary care but its quality can be very variable. As a result spirometry results cannot be relied on in around a quarter of all patients on GP COPD registers.

This step-by-step guide shows clinicians how to ensure that diagnostic spirometry performed in primary care and other settings is quality assured and provides valid results for patients. It details how spirometry should be performed, the interpretation and reporting of results and methods for quality assurance. The guide also illustrates common technical errors and offers a Top Ten Tips for reporting spirometry results.”

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