Updated spirometry infection control recommendations for primary care
June 07, 2022
The National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) has recently updated the spirometry infection control recommendations for primary care.
Spirometry is the most frequently performed pulmonary function test in general practice. Spirometry in an infected person carries a high risk of transmitting viral and/or bacterial infections, even if the patient is asymptomatic. Testing generates aerosols that can spread infectious particles in the air that can spread as far as eight metres and remain airborne for up to 30 minutes.