A simple breathing test called spirometry could fast track diagnosis,
improve treatment and save lives
TORONTO, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Leading up to World Spirometry Day, June
27, Ontario Lung Association and Women's College Hospital are promoting
a simple, but underused diagnostic tool called spirometry. Spirometry
can be done in a physician's office or clinic, and is an easy and
effective tool to help diagnose asthma and chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD).
According to the Ontario Lung Association, more than 2 million people in
Ontario have a serious lung disease such as asthma and COPD, i and could benefit from earlier diagnosis.
"The earlier we are able to accurately diagnose lung disease in a
patient, the more treatment options we have to offer," says Dr. Anna
Day, Respirologist at Toronto's Women's College Hospital. "Too often we
see patients with advanced lung disease because spirometry was not
available to them. This simple test could dramatically improve
patients' clinical outcomes and quality of life."
To mark World Spirometry Day, Women's College Hospital, supported by the
Ontario Lung Association, is presenting a series of interactive
information sessions for health-care providers covering topics such as
spirometry indication and utilization, as well as interpretation. To
see a spirometry demonstration, view an Ontario Lung Association video
"Spirometry is a simple breathing test that can be done in a physician's
office or clinic to help diagnose COPD," says Carole Madeley, RRT,
Director Respiratory Health Programs, Ontario Lung Association.
"Patients are asked to take in a big breath, and then blow as hard and
long as they can into a machine. The machine measures how much air they
can blow out from their lungs and how fast they can blow it out."
In its 2011 research report, Your Lungs, Your Life: Insight and Solutions into Lung Health in Ontario, The Lung Association identified spirometry as one of the leading
interventions that could be easily implemented more widely across the
province, affecting considerable improvements for both patients and the
Ontario economy. The report shows that if all Ontarians at risk or
suspected of having COPD had access to a spirometry test, in 10 years
there would be significantly fewer people living with the disease,
saving the province more than $2.6 billion in health and related costs.
About World Spirometry Day - June 27, 2012
World Spirometry Day aims to raise awareness of lung health and disease
and the importance of spirometry testing for lung abnormalities. The
day is spearheaded by the European Lung Foundation www.wsd2012.european-lung-foundation.org
About the Ontario Lung Association
The Lung Association is a registered charity that provides information,
education and funding for research to improve lung health. The
organization focuses on the prevention and control of asthma, chronic
lung disease, tobacco control as well as healthy air and the effects of
pollution on lung health. For information on lung health, call
1-888-344-LUNG (5864), which is staffed by certified respiratory
educators, or visit www.on.lung.ca. You can also follow it on Twitter @OntarioLung and Facebook.
About Women's College Hospital
For more than 100 years, Women's College Hospital has been dedicated to
groundbreaking advances in the health of women. Women's College
Hospital collaborated in the invention of the Pap test, opened
Ontario's first regional Sexual Assault Care Centre and was the first
hospital in the province to use mammography. Today Women's College
Hospital is Ontario's preeminent ambulatory care centre and is a
teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto focused on
state-of-the-art care, research and education. Women's College
Research Institute is the only one in a Canadian hospital devoted to
women's health and innovations in ambulatory care.
For more information about Women's College Hospital or the Research
Institute, visit www.womenscollegehospital.ca.
i Your Lungs, Your Life: Insights and Solutions into Lung Health in
Ontario; Ontario Lung Association; 2011
SOURCE The Lung Association
For further information:
or to schedule an interview with Carole Madeley:
Ontario Lung Association
416-864-9911 ext 267
To schedule an interview with Dr. Anna Day:
Women's College Hospital
416.323.6400 ext. 4054