A new video provides infection control guidance for spirometry conducted in primary health care settings

  26 September 2022  Asthma Australia   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

Dr Kerry Hancock (GP Chandlers Hill Surgery, Adelaide) and Richard Parsons (Senior Respiratory Scientist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network) have developed a short two-part film that provides up-to-date information to enable spirometry to be re-established in primary health care settings.

The video was produced in association with Asthma Australia and funded by Adelaide Primary Health Network. It supports the recently published position statement ‘Pulmonary function testing during SARS-CoV-2’ produced by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science.

The video outlines key strategies to mitigate the infection risk to staff and patients which may be posed by spirometry testing.

Since the COVID pandemic began, point of care spirometry has mostly been withdrawn in general practice due to the heightened risk of transmission when performing such a procedure. The film explores the importance of spirometry as a diagnostic tool and the implications of the new guidance for general practice.

Watch the video on the Asthma Australia website.

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