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Understanding Spirometry for Nurses and AHPs

Duration: 1 Day(s)
CPD Hours: 8
Start Time: 09:15
End Time: 16:30


The day is aimed at health professionals who are familiar with performing spirometry and develops an understanding of the data and common problems that are encountered.


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Past course delegates


Applied anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology - lung volumes, common disorders

Performing spirometry including care and use of equipment

Interpretation including

  • lung function terminology
  • calculations and their significance

Equipment calibration & maintenance

Patient preparation and current guidelines

Reporting results

Common errors

Flow/volume and volume time curves

Forced and relaxed blows


  • Perform spirometry to get accurate and reproducible results
  • Recognise and rectify errors in a patients performance
  • Understand the need and have the ability to perform routine calibration and quality control
  • Effectively report the findings of spirometric testing
  • Recognise the most common contraindications to testing
  • Understand and recognise patterns of lung disease in relation to the patients clinical history

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