ARTP updated guidance on aerosols and lung function testing
The Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP) have now updated their advice on how to reduce the risk of spreading viral respiratory infections when performing aerosol-generating procedures (AEGs) such as spirometry in primary care settings. The flurry of investigations on AEGs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that these procedures have the potential to spread any aerosol borne virus, not just SARS-CoV-2. Coughing during and following spirometry are the main method of transmission for the respiratory viruses including SARS-CoV-2, influenza and the common cold.
ARTP’s updated guidance is now that when performing spirometry good ventilation is required and the use of HEPA filters or air scrubbers is recommended in addition to in-line disposable bacterial/viral filters. Where possible, clinical rooms used for spirometry should be left unused and ventilated between patients. FeNO testing is not regarded as a high risk procedure for spreading viral respiratory infections and usual infection control measures apply.
Read the full updated advice from ARTP.
For guidance on performing spirometry in primary care settings read our Essential Guide to Spirometry and the ARTP guidance on risk minimisation in respiratory re-start.