Respiratory investigations

Edited by Terry Robinson and Jane E. Scullion

in Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199226238
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597970 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Respiratory investigations

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This chapter on respiratory investigations covers peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), performing the PEFR test, spirometry, spirometry measurements, interpretation of results, combined obstruction and restriction, flow volume graphs, reversibility testing, suitability of patients for spirometry, types of spirometers, standardization, respiratory function tests, exercise,breathlessness rating, body mass index (BMI), arterial blood gas (ABG), compensation, arterial blood sample, capillary blood samples, pulse oximetry, blood tests, radiological investigations, evaluating chest-X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resistance imaging (MRI), bronchoscopy, skin-prick testing, and sputum samples.

Chapter.  11270 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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