Pulmonary Quality Improvement Report

ADC Pulmonary improving early identification and treatment of Chrobic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease vs National average

Spirometry for COPD – percentage of adults 40 years of age and older with a new diagnosis or newly active COPD who received spirometry testing to confirm the diagnosis.

Improving Early Identification and Treatment of COPD with Spirometry Testing

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), characterized by blocked airflow and diminished capacity to breathe, is a major health problem in the U.S. Risk factors include smoking, old age and exposure to occupational and environmental pollutants. The use of spirometry testing in the assessment and diagnosis of COPD helps with diagnosis confirmation, enables early identification and appropriate treatment planning.

What You Can Do

Be aware of your symptoms and make an appointment with your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activities
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Having to clear your throat first thing in the morning, due to excess mucus in your lungs
  • A chronic cough that produces sputum that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish
  • Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis)
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Lack of energy
  • Unintended weight loss (in later stages)

Our most recent report from September, 2012 shows The Austin Diagnostic Clinic Pulmonary patients exceed the national average in appropriate spirometry testing for COPD.