SPIROMETRY is a method of assessing lung function by measuring the volume of air that patients are able to expel from their lungs after a maximal inspiration.
It is a reliable method of differentiating between obstructive airways disorders and restrictive diseases. Spirometry is the most effective way of determining the severity of COPD. In respiratory care, clinical symptoms gleaned from a thorough patient history are important to assess severity. However, severity cannot be predicted from clinical signs and symptoms alone, so this is where spirometry becomes useful.
Hala Jawad spent a week shadowing in a GP practice, mentored by Dr Andrew Whittamore. Spirometry was an aspect of general practice that she experienced during that week.
The video below show Dr Whittamore delving into a little more detail on how to use traditional spirometry to support respiratory patients as well as describing the benefits for patients of pharmacists using micro spirometers.
Thanks to Dr Andy Whittamore and Hala Jawad for contributing to this blog.
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