STEP 316: Spirometry Essentials for Medical Assistants Part III: Standards for the Test Procedure (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 three 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 standards associated with testing. Part one began in STEP 314, with part two occurring in STEP 315.


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe instruction standards for a spirometry test
  • Discuss when to end the FVC maneuver
  • Discuss whether to have the patient sit or stand for a spirometry test



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


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