Lung Health Program Overview
The Lung Health Program is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of health care providers including: Family Physicians, a Respirologist and Certified Respiratory Educators (RNs and RRTs with a specialized interest and certifications in respiratory health). Our goal is to improve health outcomes for adults and children living with chronic lung conditions, such as Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
You can be referred to our program by your Family Health Team doctor or Nurse Practitioner. During your appointment, a Certified Respiratory Educator will complete an in-depth patient assessment and may perform spirometry testing (breathing test). The Certified Respiratory Educator will individualize your learning and may assist you in setting goals for better self-management of your condition. Medications will be reviewed with you and education on the following topics may be provided:
- What is Asthma and/or COPD?
- Smoking Cessation
- Proper Inhaler Technique
- Tools for monitoring respiratory diseases (Peak Flow Monitor, Asthma Diary)
- Individualized Patient Action Plans
- Symptomatic Relief Strategies
- Allergies and Environment Control
- Self-management skills
- Awareness of Community Resources
All patient visits are covered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Health care providers within our programs and services work collaboratively with your Family Physician/NP to provide care and meet your needs. After a visit with our health care providers, your health information is forwarded to your Family Physician and becomes part of your medical record.
What is Spirometry Testing?
Spirometry is a test of how well you can breathe and can help in the diagnosis of different lung diseases. The test is painless and usually takes less than 10 minutes but does require some hard blowing. You will breathe into a small device called a spirometer, which will measure the amount of air you can blow out of your lungs. This test may be indicated if you can identify with any of the following:
- You are an ex-smoker or a current smoker over the age of 40
- You cough a lot
- You become short of breath when walking quickly
- You are worried about the health of your lungs
- You are already receiving treatment for a lung disease (COPD/Asthma)