DIAGNOSING LUNG DISEASE
In keeping with the ©2019 Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, spirometry is required to make the diagnosis of lung disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SPIROMETRY TEST?
Spirometry is a common and effective diagnostic tool; the earlier spirometry is completed the sooner lung disease can be diagnosed and treated. The entire test usually takes less than 10 minutes, although commonly it is repeated after taking a puffer medication.
While wearing a nose clip, you will be asked to breathe through a mouthpiece. The tester, a Certified Respiratory Educator will coach you to take in as big a breath as possible. You will then blast the air out as fast as you can until your lungs are completely empty. You may then be asked to take another deep breath in again. You will repeat this procedure three times or more to ensure the results are accurate. You may also be given a puffer medication to breathe in and the test would then be repeated to show if your lungs have responded to the medication.
How to prepare for the test:
- Do not smoke for one hour before test
- Do not drink alcohol within four hours of test
- Do not eat a large meal within two hours of test
- Please wear loose clothing
- Do not perform vigorous exercise within 30 minutes of test
- If you are on puffer medications, you may be asked to not take them for a few hours before spirometry.
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.
Spirometry is available for patients enrolled with a Norfolk Family Health Team physician. A referral from your family physician is needed.
At NFHT, the service is offered every Wednesday in the Community Room located on the lower level. At the Port Rowan location, the service is offered alternate Tuesday’s from May to October.