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Spirometry Workshop Refresher

Birmingham, AL

Overview: This one day NIOSH approved refresher workshop will cover proper spirometry technique and its importance in occupational health. This course will include 7 hours of instruction, through lectures, class exercises and time in performing spirometry.


  • Review of the most recent ATS/ERS testing standards and guidelines,
  • Review of testing contraindications and procedures,
  • Review of technical procedures and instrumentation requirements including calibration check procedures,
  • Review sources of error, and their correction for both volume displacement and flow measuring spirometers,
  • Review of the effective use of volume-time and flow-volume displays,
  • Review recommended procedures for proper infection control,
  • Differentiation of lung function patterns (normal, obstructive, restrictive, and mixed disease) spirograms.

Spirometry Workshop Refreshers: NIOSH-Approved Spirometry course certificates currently expire 5 years after the course is completed.  To renew NIOSH course certificates, technicians should complete a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher course before their current course certificate expires.  NIOSH is instituting a 7-month grace period to extend the window of time for completing the needed NIOSH-Approved Refresher training.  

For example, 
if the current certificate was awarded on April 1, 2008, then the technician may take a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course within 5 years and 7 months of that date, i.e., until November 1, 2013. 

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Course Director Lisa Montiel, MAEd, RRT, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at UAB Medical West.  Ms. Montiel has a Masters of Arts Degree in Education and is involved with a number of health related professional organizations and committees.  She is NIOSH approved course director and has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1981.

Accomodation Information: Courtyard Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Pkwy, Homewood, AL 35209. Participants should call the hotel directly at 205-879-0400 for reservations and mention that you are attending a UAB/Deep South Center course. Room Rates: $ 107.00/a night plus tax.

Professional Points As an approved provider of the AL Board of Nursing, The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety has awarded: Spirometry Workshop refresher 9.0 contact hours, (ABNP0420, expires 1/03/19).

Registration fee of $365 must be received in advance. This includes instructional and reference materials. A list of nearby hotels will be provided in your confirmation letter. For the spirogram critique, please submit 5 test results, with tracings, prior to the class.

Cancellation Policy: If the course is cancelled, the Deep South Center for OH&S cannot be held responsible for travel expenses. Refund requests must be made in writing. a 20% processing fee will be deducted.
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Make checks payable to University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mail to: Deep South Center for OH&S
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Avenue South, RPHB 520A
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
REGISTER BY PHONE: 205-934-7178, FAX: 205-975-7179  or EMAIL:


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