How to Take a Spirometry Test

Do you know how well your respiratory system is able to move air(especially in the lungs)? A spirometer is used to determine if there is any lung dysfunction or to monitor progress or effectiveness of medications and to establish a baseline for occupational safety purposes. To find out how a spirometer works(or a spirometry test, read this article.

Steps

  1. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 1
    1
    Prepare for the test.
    • Wear loose clothing.
    • Do not eat a heavy meal right before the test.
    • Do not smoke within 6 hours of the test.
    • Urinate right before the test.
    • Report smoking and medical history and all medications for thorough documentation.
    • Follow instructions regarding whether and when to take medications.
  2. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 2
    2
    Determine why the test is being taken.
  3. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 3
    3
    Demonstrations will be done. A nose clip will be placed on your nose.
  4. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 4
    4
    Practice with the device. Time will be given for the patient to give some practice on the device.
  5. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 5
    5
    Breathe in and out several times, deeply but in normal fashion.
  6. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 6
    6
    Hold the tube to your mouth. Take as deep a breath as possible filling lungs to their maximum.
  7. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 7
    7
    Wrap your lips tight around the mouth-tube, to prevent air leakage
  8. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 8
    8
    Exhale hard and fast.
  9. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 9
    9
    Continue exhaling, until no more air will come out.
  10. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 10
    10
    Breathe normally.
  11. Image titled Take a Spirometry Test Step 11
    11
    Repeat this process a few more times(2-3 times should do).

Tips

  • Ask questions before and after the test.

Warnings

  • The test may cause shortness of breath.
  • Report any head, chest or abdominal pain immediately

Article Info

Categories: Respiratory Health