Every breath we take contains air and could contain bacteria from somebody standing next to us. During spirometry, people exhale with a very high flow so that these bacteria can reach us. Thus, protecting patients and staff against inhaling pathogens from the breathing circuit is vital in order to prevent infections.
Pre-pulmonary function test screening for infection by request form, although helpful, cannot be a substitute for more effective control measures. Most outpatients visiting pulmonary function departments are not routinely screened for infectious diseases prior to performing tests. Even when patients are screened, there may be a significant time interval between obtaining the culture results and performing the tests. It is very difficult to identify all the patients with infectious diseases or who are immuno-compromised.
The single-use SCHILLER PFT filters trap not only expectorated matter but they also capture organisms as small as viruses. Dust, pollen, bacteria and other contaminants are also trapped throughout the material, not just on the surface. This is important because flow sensors that are contaminated with droplets of saliva and mucus may lead to measurement errors.
The most convenient and cost-effective way to protect patients, staff, equipment and environment is with the new SCHILLER PFT filter. Fulfilling the latest recommendations of both the American Thoracic and European Respiratory Society (ATS and ERS), the filters can be used with the following SCHILLER Spirovit sensors: SP-20 / SP-150 / SP-250 / SP-260.