Spirometry QC Program
Spirometry is a useful diagnostic test commonly performed in a variety of settings; however accurate results are dependent on careful technique, and proper equipment calibration and maintenance. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recommended a number of procedures to reduce variability including the weekly testing of flow volume measurements and biologic normal subjects. Under the DAP Spirometry Quality Control Program, facility personnel at each site perform quality control procedures, and spirometry measurements on BioQC subjects according to the DAP protocol. The results, which are submitted to the DAP twice each year, give an indication of any areas of concern with the spirometer or performance of the tests.
Updated Documents (September 2016)
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Level 3 Pulmonary Function Laboratory QC Program
British Columbia has 28 hospital-based pulmonary function laboratories. These laboratories perform, in addition to regular quality control checks on their instrumentation, a variety of pulmonary function tests using a Biological Normal on a monthly and bi-monthly basis. The results, which are submitted to the DAP twice each year, give an indication of any areas of concern with the instrumentation or performance of the tests.
For all documents and worksheets pertaining to the DAP Pulmonary Function Quality Control Program click here.