Developing a spirometry protocol for children and young people
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Developing a spirometry protocol for children and young people

Janice Mighten Children’s respiratory nurse specialist, Nottingham Children’s Hospital
Debra Forster Children’s respiratory nurse specialist, Nottingham Children’s Hospital

Janice Mighten and Debra Forster explain why technically acceptable results in younger patients depend on a procedural structure specific to these age groups

The practicalities of obtaining technically acceptable spirometry results with children and young people demand a protocol that follows national guidance and is adjusted to local conditions. Although there is guidance for adults, to date there has been no equivalent for children and young people. The procedural structure should be developed to include consistent standards and values, acknowledgement of contraindications, competence of the testing procedure among clinicians, and constant recalibration and cleaning of equipment. Only if these requirements are met can the results be valid.

Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 1,22-25. doi: 10.7748/ncyp2014.02.26.1.22.e353

Correspondence

janice.mighten@nuh.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 31 January 2013

Accepted: 11 September 2013