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What is SpiroTrec®

SpiroTrec® is a course which will teach individuals how to conduct quality spirometry including: knowledge of spirometers, understanding of the ATS/ERS standards for spirometry, quality control, patient instruction and basic interpretation of the results.

Why was SpiroTrec® developed?

Canadian and international consensus guidelines for the management of asthma and COPD call for routine use of spirometry for the diagnosis and appropriate management of these diseases. In order to meet the need for more access to quality spirometry, RESPTrec® launched a SpiroTrec® in 2009. The goal of the course is to improve diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory diseases by increasing access to quality spirometry.

Who developed SpiroTrec®

The course learning objectives and curriculum outline were established by a national expert committee with representation of key groups: Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS), Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP), Family Physicians Airways Group of Canada (FPAGC), the Lung Association and various disciplines, in addition to expertise in: guidelines development, technical skills, teaching, and conducting spirometry. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is responsible for administering the course.

RESPTrec is indebted to the SpiroTrec® Expert Development Committee for their contributions.

Members of the Committee include:

  • Allan Coates, MC, CM, Eng (Elect)
  • Robert Cowie, MB ChB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM
  • Brian Graham, PhD
  • Jan Haffner, BPT, CRE
  • Alan Kaplan, MD, CCFP(EM), Chair - FPAGC
  • Marion Laroque, RRT, CRE, RCPT(P)
  • Dilshad Moosa, B.Sc., RRT, CRE
  • Donna Rennie, PhD (Epidemiology), RN, CAE
  • Jeremy Road, MD, FRCPC
  • Laura Seed, RCPT(P)
  • Pat Steele, RN, RCPT (P) CRE
  • Amin Thawer, RRT, CRE

External Reviewers

  • John Hankinson, PhD
  • Paul Enright, MD

Faculty Training

  • Dr. Bob Crapo

Who can take SpiroTrec®

Participants must meet the following entrance criteria:

  • Be employed in a setting where spirometry is routinely performed
  • Must be working with or under the supervision of a physician(s) who is able to interpret the spirometry results
  • Have some knowledge of medical terminology and procedures
  • Be willing to provide spirometry results for feedback

If there is a question regarding entrance criteria, acceptance to the course will be made on an individual basis and at the discretion of the SpiroTrec® administration.

What is involved in taking SpiroTrec®

SpiroTrec® takes 4 months to complete. The course components include:

  1. Pre-workshop distance learning (one month prior to workshop):
    1. Participant's manual
      • required reading before attending the workshop
      • please allow 3-4 hours to complete
    2. Web-based component
      • You will be required to use high-speed internet access to complete this component
      • Each participant will receive login and password information to access the web-based portion of the course
      • Will include instruction and questions which must be completed before attending the workshop
      • Please allow 5 hours to complete
  2. One day workshop:
    • Workshop will provide hands-on application and practical training including practice time, test scenarios, videos and discussions
    • There will be one trainer for every four participants
    • attendance is mandatory
  3. Post-workshop mentoring (three months following workshop):
    • Each participant is required to submit 10 spirometry results per month, for 3 months post workshop
    • Feedback on the quality of spirometry results will be provided to the participant. Improvement in the quality of results will be the expected outcome
    • At the end of the 3 months, there will be an on-line final exam; pass mark is 80%

What do I receive at the end of SpiroTrec®

After all the components are successfully completed, participants will receive a Diploma stating that they have completed SpiroTrec®. Plans are underway to allow participants to write an international Spirometry Certification exam.

Current Dates

Winnipeg, MBSep 13 - Sep 13/2014Aug 13/2014
Calgary, ABOct 25 - Oct 25/2014Sep 25/2014