Lung Function Testing (Spirometry, COPD Screening)
Lung Function Testing involves the use of a
special device that measures the volume (called capacity) and force that your
lungs can produce. This can involve the use of a Piko-6 Device, or in more
advanced settings, a Spirometric Device. Lung Function Testing is useful
for asthma, COPD, and smoking cessation.
Pharmacists can use Spirometry or Piko-6 to
screen at-risk patients for COPD - a progressive lung condition that affects
every smoker and some people who have been exposed to second hand smoke or
workplace chemicals. Early detection and referral to your doctor can
ensure that your lung function any loss in lung function is slowed.
Patients with COPD can use Spirometry or
Piko-6 to determine if their lung function is worsening - an important piece of
information to consider for exacerbations or lung infections.
Learn more about COPD
Patients who smoke can use
Spirometry or Piko-6 to see how their lung function improves after they have
QUIT. Lung Function Calculators used in Capital Chemist can help you see where
your lung function is now, what it should be, how it will improve after you
QUIT, and what it will be if you continue to smoke.
more about quitting smoking
Patients with asthma can
use Sprirometry to demonstrate how their preventer treatment is helping to
maintain control of asthma symptoms and minimising inflammation in the lungs
that cause shortness of breath.