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Introduction to Spirometry in Primary Care

15 October 2018 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

A One Day Introductory Course suitable for new Practice Nurses and HCAs.

  • Provide an overview of what is involved in providing a quality assured spirometry service in general practice
  • To understand the role of spirometry in the diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory diseases
  • To demonstrate competency in the safe practice of performing spirometry procedures
  • Provide a foundation to access accredited training

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this one day course and with support from mentor in practice the health care professional should:

  • Understand the importance of calibration, maintenance and cleaning of spirometry equipment
  • Be able to identify absolute and relative contraindications to performing spirometry
  • Advise patient on preparation and correct technique for the procedure and obtaining informed consent
  • Be aware of patient safety throughout the procedure and when to obtain help
  • Understand and define the common terminology used for spirometry
  • Be able to obtain technically acceptable and reproducible measurements
  • Be able to recognise errors on the spirometry traces
  • Understand the role of post bronchodilator spirometry and reversibility testing

Pre Course Work

  • Look at your practice spirometry equipment, what make is your spirometer?
  • Familiarise yourself with your practice protocols for maintaining, fault reporting, cleaning and calibration of the spirometer
  • Observe a spirometry procedure and have a go if you have never done this before
  • Download and read ‘A Guide to Performing Quality Assured Diagnostic Spirometry’ (attached)

If an HCA attends, he/she must have a named mentor

** This course does not include interpretation of spirometry traces **



Location details

Wessex LMCs
Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 1JG

Is the training accessible to wheelchairs?Yes


Main contact

Name: Louise Greenwood

Email: louise.greenwood@wessexlmcs.org.uk

Phone: 023 8025 3874

If you have any communication or mobility needs that the event organisers need to be aware of please contact them  in advance of the course to let them know.


15 October 2018
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
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