From the age of five, children, with appropriate training, are able to perform technically acceptable spirometry maneuvers. In turn, medical personnel should be properly trained to perform spirometry tests on children.
Bright and joyful atmosphere – age-appropriate toys, books, illustrations are very important for children to feel free and relaxed. Encouragement, avoidance of threats, detailed but simple instructions, and visual feedback in teaching are essential for the correct performance of spirometry in children.
Even if initial testing attempts are unsuccessful, children, with benevolent encouragement, can understand and perform satisfactorily subsequent spirometry maneuvers.
Examination of children in ‘adult’ laboratories, where nothing is done to account for the specifics of spirometry testing of children, according to the ATS/ERS-2005 standards, should not be encouraged. Read Standards
In MAS2 spirometers, visual feedback when performing an FVC maneuver is implemented using animation testing. A ‘live’ picture that reacts to the patient’s breathing motivates the child to achieve a victorious result – what will happen if you blow out all the candles or blow off the dragon from the bridge, thereby achieving a technically acceptable performance of spirometry. In autonomous MAS2-C, MAS2-B spirometers, the plot “Snow White” is implemented, and in the computer models MAS2-PC, MAS2-PCm, 2 plots are available to choose from – “Snow White” and “Dragon”.
The purpose of performing the maneuver becomes intuitive, and the animation testing itself in a number of situations allows for recording technically acceptable attempts that are unattainable with traditional spirometry.
We also note that in some cases animation testing is the only way to perform spirometry in elderly patients with limited hearing.