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Title: Pulmonary function testing during SARS-CoV-2: An ANZSRS/TSANZ position statement.
Austin Authors: Borg, Brigitte M;Osadnik, Christian;Adam, Keith;Chapman, David G;Farrow, Catherine E;Glavas, Vanda;Hancock, Kerry;Lanteri, Celia J;Morris, Ewan G;Romeo, Nicholas;Schneider-Futschik, Elena K;Selvadurai, Hiran
Affiliation: Westmead Clinical School, Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia..
Monash Lung Sleep Allergy & Immunology, Monash Health, Clayton, Victoria, Australia..
Sonic HealthPlus, Osborne Park, Western Australia, Australia..
Respiratory Investigation Unit, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia..
Airway Physiology & Imaging Group, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney, Glebe, New South Wales, Australia..
Discipline of Medical Science, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia..
Respiratory Function Laboratory, Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia..
Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney Childrens Hospital Network, Sydney, NSW, Australia..
Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia..
Respiratory SA, Kent Town, South Australia, Australia..
Chandlers Hill Surgery, Happy Valley, South Australia, Australia..
Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Institute for Breathing and Sleep
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Northern Health, Epping, Victoria, Australia..
Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacology Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry & Pharmacology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia..
School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia..
Respiratory Medicine, The Alfred, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia..
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia..
Department of Physiotherapy, Monash University, Frankston, Victoria, Australia..
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Waitematā District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand..
Issue Date: Sep-2022
Date: 2022
Publication information: Respirology (Carlton, Vic.) 2022; 27(9): 688-719
Abstract: The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) commissioned a joint position paper on pulmonary function testing during coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in July 2021. A working group was formed via an expression of interest to members of both organizations and commenced work in September 2021. A rapid review of the literature was undertaken, with a 'best evidence synthesis' approach taken to answer the research questions formed. This allowed the working group to accept findings of prior relevant reviews or societal document where appropriate. The advice provided is for providers of pulmonary function tests across all settings. The advice is intended to supplement local infection prevention and state, territory or national directives. The working group's key messages reflect a precautionary approach to protect the safety of both healthcare workers (HCWs) and patients in a rapidly changing environment. The decision on strategies employed may vary depending on local transmission and practice environment. The advice is likely to require review as evidence grows and the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. While this position statement was contextualized specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic, the working group strongly advocates that any changes to clinical/laboratory practice, made in the interest of optimizing the safety and well-being of HCWs and patients involved in pulmonary function testing, are carefully considered in light of their potential for ongoing use to reduce transmission of other droplet and/or aerosol borne diseases.
DOI: 10.1111/resp.14340
ORCID: 0000-0002-6412-3670
Journal: Respirology (Carlton, Vic.)
PubMed URL: 35981737
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COVID-19
personal protective equipment
pulmonary function tests
respiratory function tests
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