Spirometry. Spanish Society of Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR).

  • García-Río F
  • Calle M
  • Burgos F
 et al. 
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Abstract

Spirometry is the main pulmonary function test and is essential for the evaluation and monitoring of respiratory diseases. Its utility transcends the field of Respiratory Medicine, is becoming increasingly important in primary care and applications have even been described outside the field of respiratory diseases. This document is therefore intended to serve as support for all health professionals who use spirometry, providing recommendations based on the best scientific evidence available. An update of the indications and contraindications of the test is proposed. The document sets out recommendations on the requirements necessary for conventional spirometers and portable office equipment, as well as on spirometer hygiene and quality control measures. Spirometric parameters that must be considered, performance of manoeuvres, criteria for acceptability and repeatability of measurements and their quality control are defined. A proposal is also established for presentation of the results and an evaluation and interpretation is proposed according to information generated in recent years. Finally, lines of adaptation and integration of spirometry in the field of new technologies are considered.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Age Factors
  • Ambulatory
  • Ambulatory: instrumentation
  • Bronchodilator Agents
  • Bronchodilator Agents: administration & dosage
  • Calibration
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Equipment Contamination: prevention & control
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Monitoring
  • Quality Control
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases: diagnosis
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases: physiopathology
  • Spirometry
  • Spirometry: contraindications
  • Spirometry: instrumentation
  • Spirometry: methods
  • Spirometry: standards
  • Time Factors

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Authors

  • Francisco García-Río

  • Myriam Calle

  • Felip Burgos

  • Pere Casan

  • Félix Del Campo

  • Juan B Galdiz

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