Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) / Spirometry¬†is a useful screening test for asthma, COPD and restrictive lung disorders.
It is essential that all employees are screened at the pre-employment stage and at intervals if they are working in areas where there is airborne particulate, chemical or pathogen, or when¬†occupational asthma could be a risk.
Spirometry¬†can be used to assess the effectiveness of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and of controls such as Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV)
The test is usually conducted by a nurse and takes approximately 30 minutes. The occupational physician will then discuss the result of the test and give advice if necessary.
A lung function check (spirometry) is a physical test and will require a degree of effort from you. It involves deep breathing in and blowing out (exhaling) both in a relaxed and in a forced manner through the mouthpiece of the spirometer several times. If you have had any of the following within the last 6 months you should discuss with the physician whether your test should be postponed:
- Haemoptysis (vomiting blood) of unknown origin
- Recent myocardial infarction (heart attack) or pulmonary embolism
- Eye surgery in last 3 months
- Abdominal/thoracic surgery in the last 3 months
- Ear surgery or perforated eardrum in the last 3 months
If you use asthma medication such as inhalers¬†please bring them with you for your test. If you smoke please avoid smoking for at least four hours prior to the test. It is also advisable to avoid a large or heavy meal immediately before the test.
Spirometry can be conducted on-site and off-site .
For more information on respiratory¬†surveillance telephone Whitemill Medical Centre on¬†053 9140000¬†or complete the¬†On-Line Contact Form
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