Lung function monitoring in the era of respiratory pandemics

June 8, 2020 / in Scientific articles / by Eve-Gabrielle Bissonnette

Lung function monitoring in the era of respiratory pandemics

By Lennart K. A. Lundblad and Chung‐Wai Chow

Oscillometry has been used in adjunct with spirometry in many studies and in clinical practice. Recent events with the spread of a viral respiratory pandemic has caused many clinics to stop using standard spirometry for the fear of aerosol transmission of virus. With recent experiences of our and other groups using oscillometry demonstrating its sensitivity, precision, and ease of use without any forced maneuvers, we suggest that it could be an alternative to spirometry while minimizing exhalation aerosol generation.

Coming on the heels of the SARS, MeRS and H1N1, the respiratory infections caused by the novel SARS‐Cov‐2 virus causing COVID‐19 is remarkable for its scope, speed of infectivity, mortality and geographic spread. It has already overwhelmed the health care capacity of developing and developed countries alike due to the unprecedented need for intensive medical care. Countries have responded with virtual shut down of all but essential services as a means to limit spread of infection. These measures also include […].


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