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Abstract Spirometry testing is easy to perform and can be used anywhere but, if performed incorrectly, it can lead to a misdiagnosis and delayed and/or unnecessary treatment. From 1 April 2017, a national register will be in place to ensure all health professionals who use spirometry are adequately trained and/or qualified. This article offers a quick guide to what spirometry is, how to perform it and how to interpret test results. It also explains the training requirements set out in recent national guidance and how professionals can obtain a certificate of competence.
Citation Hughes A (2017) Spirometry: technical overview and new training and certification requirements. Nursing Times; 113: 4, 26-29.