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Interpretation and evaluation of pulmonary function tests

09 June 2009

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Evaluation of pulmonary function is essential for the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease and other conditions. Various tests are available. Some, such...

Interpretation and evaluation of pulmonary function tests

03 June 2009

Nursing Standard

CPD

Evaluation of pulmonary function is essential for the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease and other conditions. Various tests are available. Some, such...

Simple spirometry measurement

16 April 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes expiratory spirometry manoeuvres. It examines equipment care and maintenance, patient preparation, basic techniques, reproducibility and how...

Asthma: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management

05 October 2011

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

This article provides an overview of asthma in adults, including pathophysiology, risk factors and triggers. Assessment, diagnosis and pharmacological therapies are...

Spirometry in primary care

05 December 2008

Primary Health Care

CPD

An evaluation of lung function is an essential part of the diagnosis and management of respiratory disease but spirometry was, until recently, rarely available in...

Developing a spirometry protocol for children and young people

11 February 2014

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

The practicalities of obtaining technically acceptable spirometry results with children and young people demand a protocol that follows national guidance and is...

Diagnosis and management of patients with COPD in primary care

27 October 2010

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article discusses the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care, in the light of recent updates to national guidelines....

Caring for a patient newly diagnosed with COPD: a reflective account

10 August 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In this article I reflect on my role as a respiratory nurse specialist caring for a patient newly diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The...

A partnership approach to raising community spirometry standards

04 May 2011

Primary Health Care

General

Partnership working was instrumental in the development of a two-day spirometry programme in Lincolnshire. Members of the community respiratory team had seen cases...

Improving interpretation of spirometry for better diagnosis

23 February 2018

Primary Health Care

CPD

Spirometry is the most widely used pulmonary function test. It is useful for identifying obstructive and restrictive ventilatory patterns, and plays an important...