Spirometer

Last Updated: August 26, 2018

Definition - What does Spirometer mean?

A spirometer is a device for measuring the volume of air in the lungs. This determines pulmonary health by examining four subunits of lung volume control including tidal volume, expiratory reserve volume, inspriatory reserve volume, and residual volume. Technicians apply spirometers for making comparative analyses of regular and irregular breathing patterns, which translates to the cardiopulmonary capacity of the lungs and any determinant factors that predispose people to certain health risks, especially in the workplace.

WorkplaceTesting explains Spirometer

A spirometer is a that measures the volume of air in the lungs during a normal cycle of respiration, which is the autonomous exchange of inhalation and expiration. The size of the lungs is determined by variables such as genetics, gender, and height, which corresponds to the volume of air necessary to maintain homeostatic breathing patterns for each person. Spirometers are designed to quantify the volume of air in the lungs by assessing four subunits that include tidal volume, expiratory reserve volume, inspiratory reserve volume, and residual volume. Furthermore, technicians use spirometers to gauge these factors by collecting metrical data that indicates asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and other cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Spirometers can serve as a practical measure in the workplace in terms of testing lung capacity for employees and decide whether they meet health and safety standards to perform specific labor-intensive jobs.

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