TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice
Wesley David Boose, MD, MPH, US Naval Hospital Guam, Agana Height, GU LCDR Cara N. Halldin, PhD, CDC/NIOSH, Morgantown, WV
Stella E. Hines, MD, MSPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Michael J. Hodgson, MD, MPH, OSHA, Washington, DC
Eileen Storey, MD, MPH, CDC/NIOSH, Morgantown, WV
ACOEM and the American Thoracic Society recommend longitudinal monitoring of pulmonary function tests to detect early signs of excessive lung function decline. Medical surveillance programs that include periodic spirometry can identify workers with excessive lung function decline, providing an opportunity to intervene. Spirometry Longitudinal Data Analysis (SPIROLA) Software is a free tool that can assist with longitudinal spirometry monitoring and detect those at risk for excessive decline. This session will introduce SPIROLA’s capabilities to help monitor longitudinal lung function in individuals and among groups, as well as monitoring test quality. Examples of how to use SPIROLA in research and clinical practices will be presented, as well as how spirometry falls under OSHA’s record keeping and respiratory protection rules. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.