STEP 314: Spirometry Essentials for Medical Assistants Part I: The Rationale for Testing (CE: 1.0)


While results from certain lab tests require only a biological specimen to gain results, spirometry testing results require a high degree of patient understanding and cooperation. Getting results that accurately reflect the patient performing the test comes with understanding the essentials of spirometry. This article is part one of a three-part series, developed to guide the medical assistant to higher-level quality results through a better understanding of the test and the testing process. This article discusses the rationale for testing and presents a short case study to help the learner determine the need for testing. Part two continues in STEP 315, with part three continuing in STEP 316.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the causes of dyspnea
  • Define ischemia
  • Reflect on a case study outlining the identification of dyspnea



Neilsen J. Schulz, MA,CMA, RRT, RCP


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