Previously known as “Spirometry for Physicians,” this one-day course is ideal for all health professionals who desire a comprehensive course designed specifically to address practical interpretation of spirometry tests. Interpretative strategies will be consistent with standards published by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) and will include a review of current standards. Practice problems will be used to help the student recognize acceptable from unacceptable trials and when unacceptable maneuvers still have usable information. Examples of poorly administered and improperly performed tests will be presented to help students recognize poor subject effort, unacceptable maneuvers, limitations of equipment, and other factors that alter the interpretation algorithm. Students will also learn how to recognize the magnitude and direction of error introduced when less than ideal results are obtained. Guidelines regarding the use and selection of predicted values, and race adjustments will be presented.
A variety of methods will be presented to identify potentially significant changes in lung function. This information is very helpful in regard to identifying persons with true lung disease versus variability in the test. The course is a "must" for persons who need comprehensive training to properly interpret spirometry tests. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to recognize acceptable spirometry maneuvers and be able to interpret test results while decreasing the false positive and false negative rate of obstructive and restrictive lung disease.