Spirometry Level 5 Open College Network (OCN) NI accredited
Credit value 4
Guided learning hours 24
This course is covered over the following dates:
- Day 1 — Wednesday 8th February 2023
- Day 2 — Wednesday 15th February 2023
- Day 3 — Wednesday 15th March 2023
- Revision Day — Wednesday 22nd March 2023
- Portfolio due — Wednesday 3rd May 2023
The student will:
- Learn how to care for and maintain their 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
- The student will be able to care for and maintain all spirometry equipment
- Know how to calibrate the spirometer.
- Know how to optimally prepare the patient prior to carrying out spirometry- and know when it the test is contra-indicated
- Be able to obtain consistently gain good quality, accurate and reproducible readings
- Be able to assess the quality of the patient’s blow to ensure that all readings are worthy of interpretation
- (Level 5 only) Be competent in accurately interpreting spirometry readings and correlate the results to the patient’s presentation.
Suitable for all HCP and HCA.
The Course consists of:
- Two 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)
The Practical assessment – which will include:
- Discuss the appropriate cleaning and decontamination of the equipment.
- Demonstrate how to verify the calibration of the device using a 3litre syringe
- Discuss the preparation of the equipment and patient
- Perform a Spirometric test on a subject and confirm if it is worthy of interpretation and be able to explain why
- Two unseen readings – Examine the two unseen readings and systematically confirm their suitability for interpretation
Once all the practical assessment components have been successfully completed – the student can progress to compile a portfolio of 7 spirometry readings which will be accurate in terms of quality and reproducibility – worthy of interpretation
Coursework – Portfolio of evidence to include 7 technically acceptable and reproducible spirometry readings – that you will examine and report on the reproducibility and accuracy in preparation for interpretation – using the three-point rule