Practice, Practice, Practice! In this course, subscribers learn the ins-and-outs of spirometry, from making sure your equipment is current and calibrated, to instructing patients on proper breathing techniques for performing spirometry. Subscribers learn how to interpret pre & post bronchodilator spirometry, including the Forced Expiratory Volume in one second to Forced Vital Capacity (FEV1/FVC) ratio based on the American Thoracic Society guidelines, particularly by working through many case-based examples of spirometry and, of course, through practice, practice, practice. In addition, subscribers learn how to recognize if spirometry results represent adequate versus poor efforts and what results warrant a referral to a Pulmonologist for further work-up.
Credit Hours: 2
Credit Type: CME | CE | NP | PharmD | RT
- Recognize the normal percent predicted values for spirometry (FVC, FEV1, and the FEV1/FVC ratio).
- Distinguish obstruction, restrictive physiology, normal, and poor effort based on spirometry flow volume loops.