Introduction to spirometry for healthcare assistants


Study day: Introduction to spirometry for healthcare assistants

This study day/workshop will provide an introduction to spirometry for healthcare assistants. The study day covers spirometry and its purpose, as well as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It also examines further specific topics about preparation of equipment for testing,  including:

Infection control

  • Cleaning the transducer, maintaining a cleaning log
  • Hand hygiene, cleaning equipment between patients
  • Use of mouthpieces with one way valve


Preparing the patient for testing

  • Contra indications to Spirometry
  • Spirometry check list
  • Patient measurements (height, weight, SpO2, BP)
  • Instructions for patients having spirometry (leaflets/letters)


The spirometry test

  • Relaxed blows (monitoring for quality and reproducibility)
  • Forced blows (how to recognise a good blow, when to repeat a blow, monitoring for reproducibility)
  • Graphs (how to recognise a good trace)
  • Recording values on paper to monitor test quality



  • Accuracy checking
  • Carrying out the test
  • Running a spirometry clinic

Please bring your spirometer to the session for the practical if you have one.


Who is this study day for? Healthcare assistants who have completed a Trust Healthcare Assistant Development programme or equivalent. All applicants must have a named nurse or medical mentor.

Study day code: CD0147N

Location: Kingston University

Pattern of Delivery: 1 day

Course dates:*


  • 5 December 2017
  • 23 May 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £145

Study day leader: Francina Hyatt and guest lecturer Karen Grindrod, Respiratory Specialist Nurse