Spirometry is a lung function test. It is helpful in assessing breathing patterns that identify conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and occupational health effects. Spirometry can also be used to distinguish between obstructive or restrictive patterns in lung disease. Spirometry assesses how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you can inhale, how much you can exhale and how quickly you can exhale. It can measure how effectively air can be moved in and out of the lungs. Spirometry is part of a pre-employment medical assessment when there is exposure to airborne substances.
The below information has been gathered from SafeWork NSW.
Asthma-relieving inhalers for asthma attacks
”Asthma-relieving inhalers and spacer devices can now be included in workplace first-aid kits where required. Asthma symptoms can develop slowly over hours, days or even weeks and is sometimes called an asthma flare-up. A sudden or severe asthma flare-up is often called an asthma attack which can include:
- difficulty breathing or gasping for breath
- increased coughing and/or wheezing
- trouble speaking normally or in full sentences
- loss of consciousness.
If there’s an asthma attack, treat it quickly and visit a doctor afterwards to review the asthma management plan.
This change allowing asthma-relieving inhalers in first-aid kits will support better workplace emergency responses, but workers with asthma should ensure they know what their triggers are and always carry their own prescription medication.”
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