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Spirometry in the occupational setting - reply.

Authors
Redlich-CA; Tarlo-SM; Hankinson-JL; Townsend-MC; Eschenbacher-WL; Von Essen-SG; Sigsgaard-T; Weissman-DN
Source
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2014 Aug; 190(3):353-354
NIOSHTIC No.
20044972
Abstract
We appreciate Mr. Ruppel and Mr. Motram's interest in the recent American Thoracic Society (ATS) document on spirometry in the occupational setting (1) and their understanding of the importance of technician training and feedback in improving the quality of spirometry testing. They also advocate for credentialing based on educational background and specialty examinations, as is offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides credentialing examinations for respiratory therapy professionals. Although such credentialing can ensure a certain knowledge base and educational background, it can also exclude individuals capable of performing excellent spirometry from serving as technicians, creating substantial obstacles to providing spirometry in a diverse range of settings. The literature reviewed in this ATS document demonstrates that with appropriate focused practical training, individuals from different backgrounds can successfully perform high-quality spirometry. Formal initial and refresher training should provide a practical foundation of knowledge about spirometry and should also include hands-on instruction in performing the tests. Ongoing review of spirometry tests performed by technicians to identify problems affecting test quality, and timely feedback to correct those problems, is also essential to improve the quality of spirometry testing, as Mr. Ruppel and Mr. Motram also note. This general approach to training spirometry technicians has been shown to provide high-quality spirometry in many countries. We thank the NBRC and others throughout the world for their efforts to train technicians and improve the quality of spirometry testing.
Keywords
Pulmonary-function-tests; Spirometry; Diagnostic-tests; Testing-equipment; Technical-personnel; Training; Quality-control; Education; Performance-capability; Task-performance
Contact
Carrie A. Redlich, M.D., M.P.H., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
CODEN
AJCMED
Publication Date
20140801
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M082014
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1073-449X
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
State
CT; GA; PA; OH; NE; WV
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