Spirometry Level 5 Open College Network (OCN) NI accredited

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12 Credit Value.

60 Guided Learning Hours.

Course Dates:

This course is covered over the following dates:

  • Day 1 Tuesday 23rd August 2022
  • Day 2 Thursday 25th August 2022
  • Day 3 Wednesday 21st September 2022
  • Practical Examination day Monday 26th September 2022
  • Portfolio submission date Wednesday 9th November 2022
Course Aim:

The student will:

  • Learn how to care for and maintain a spirometer
  • Understand how prepare and use all elements of the equipment – this will include the spirometer itself (all types), relevant software programmes and integration with General Practice’s clinical systems – where relevant.
  • Be able to optimally prepare the patient and ensure it is safe to proceed with the test
  • Learn how to accurately record all necessary parameters and appreciate why this is essential to gaining an accurate result
  • Learn how to achieve consistently accurate, reproducible spirometry results that are worthy of interpretation
  • Learn how to accurately interpret the results
Learning Outcomes:
  1. Be able to care for and maintain all spirometry equipment
  2. Know how to calibrate the spirometry.
  3. Know how to optimally prepare the patient prior to carrying out spirometry- and know when it the test is contra-indicated
  4. Be able to obtain consistently good quality, accurate and reproducible readings
  5. Be able to assess the quality of the patient’s blow.
  6. Be able to accurately interpret complex abnormal readings.
  7. Know when to refer to specialist care
Suitable for:

All registered healthcare professionals including GPs, Nurses, practice-based pharmacists and physiotherapists.

The Course consists of:
  • One compulsory online certified e-learning module which must be completed before the first study day
  • Three COMPULSARY  study days – conducted either via Zoom, face to face or a hybrid of both (COVID-19 depending) – the study days will include both theoretical and practical components (if restrictions are still in place the students will be offered an alternative practical experience
  • A resit day or discussion day – if required

Once all the practical assessment components have been successfully completed – the student will progress to compile a portfolio of 10 abnormal spirometry readings which will be accurately interpreted using the four-stage process

Assessment method:
  • E-assessment – pre course commencement
  • The Practical assessment – which will include verification of the device’s calibration using a 3litre syringe, preparing the equipment and patient and performing a Spirometric test on a subject and interpret the results at a basic level – using the 4-stage method taught during the programme. Interpretation of two unseen readings and discuss the appropriate cleaning and decontamination of the equipment.
  • Coursework – Case studies to include 2 technically acceptable and reproducible spirometry readings and accurate basic interpretations discussing the technical acceptability of each reading

Portfolio of evidence – which will include 7 abnormal spirometry readings which will be accurately interpreted using the four-stage process