Using Spirometry to Test for Asthma

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , /

Asthma is notorious for being misdiagnosed. And so what we want to do
is we want to use spirometry so that we know for
sure that a patient has the disease before we
give them medications. [MUSIC PLAYING] DR. FULLER:
With the spirometer, we can make a faster diagnosis
and a more appropriate diagnosis for children
and adults with asthma. ED: A
spirometer is a device that we use to
measure lung function. We’re basically measuring
how big the lungs are and how fast the air
comes out of our patients. Start with breathing normally. Then they will be instructed to take
their deepest, deepest breath, blow as hard
as they can. They also need to continue
blowing until they don’t have any air left. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Big, big, fast, in. All right. Now, let’s see
what it looks like. So should
the patient be afraid of this
type of testing? The answer is no. It’s a very simple
test actually to do. There’s no needle pokes. And there’s no pricks. And there’s nothing that’s
painful to the patient. So it’s noninvasive testing. And we can learn a
lot of information about their breathing function
with that simple procedure. DR. FULLER:
It will get them a quick and very dependable
asthma diagnosis for children and adults. [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC ENDS]

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