Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
26 September 2022
23 January 2023
This will equip you to accurately produce & critically analyse the interpretation of spirometry readings, leading to an accurate diagnosis & treatment
Spirometry is the most commonly performed lung function test and is used amongst other reasons to: detect the presence or absence of lung disease; to confirm the findings of other investigations; to determine the effects of medication interventions. Healthcare professionals are accountable for the standard of care they provide. This module will equip the student with the ability to apply and integrate the principles of pathophysiology of respiratory disease and relate these specific changes in structure/dysfunction to the symptoms experienced by the person being cared for. It will also equip the student with the skills to accurately produce and critically analyse the interpretation of spirometry readings, leading to an accurate diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
Assessment is by coursework and practical skills assessment.
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Many clinical procedures once delivered in secondary care including spirometry are now being delivered in primary care. Spirometry is the most commonly performed lung function test used to detect the presence or absence of lung disease, confirm the findings of other investigations and to determine the effects of medication interventions. Healthcare professionals are accountable for the standard of care they provide. Undertaking spirometry requires an in-depth knowledge base of the common physical and mental health needs of people of all ages, alongside knowledge of the influence of co-morbidities, physiological and psychological vulnerabilities as related to respiratory disease. Healthcare professionals must be able to critically appraise this knowledge to assess, plan, deliver and manage respiratory care in a comprehensive and person-centred manner. It is imperative that education and training is provided to support healthcare professionals who will be undertaking these procedures to ensure timely, safe and accurate patient care. The Department of Health (DoH) (2015) set out a specific set of standards in relation to all aspects of respiratory care. This spirometry course has been developed in keeping with the specifications outlined within the revised Respiratory Service Framework.
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