Spirometry Quality Control Program
Spirometry is a useful diagnostic test commonly performed in a variety of settings; however accurate results are dependent on careful technique, and proper equipment calibration and maintenance. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recommended a number of procedures to reduce variability including the weekly testing of flow volume measurements and biologic normal subjects. Under the DAP Spirometry Quality Control Program, facility personnel at each site perform quality control procedures, and spirometry measurements on BioQC subjects according to the DAP protocol. The results, which are submitted to the DAP twice each year, give an indication of any areas of concern with the spirometer or performance of the tests.
For new community spirometry facilities
All new facilities and services within an already accredited facility must proceed through the initial assessment process prior to service delivery or patient testing.
- Facility Information for Initial Assessment Form – Community Spirometry
- Initial Assessment Data Submission Form – Community Spirometry
- Notification of Significant Change in Service Form – Pulmonary Function (for facilities/services that are accredited but are undergoing significant changes in service)
- Spirometry Quality Control Grading and Escalation Criteria
- Spirometry Quality Control Plan
- Spirometry Quality Control Program Overview
- Spirometry BioQC Normal Range Calculator
- Spirometry Quality Control Worksheets
- Spirometry Data Submission Requirements
- Spirometry References
- Accessing Facility-specific Content through Web Account