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World Spirometry Day

World Spirometry Day

14th October 2010

A worldwide first – free Spirometry checks as part of the worldwide, 2010: The Year of the Lung on 14 October 2010. This first ever global lung function testing event is being supported by the APSR and other members of the Federation of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), to encourage people to get their lungs tested, and to raise awareness about lung health.

Spirometry test

Take a breath

Look at your lungs

The European Lung Foundation (ELF) is coordinating the event and offers material and support for local and national lung health societies. They will also collect data of the number of tests performed, which can be seen (real time) on the Year of the Lung website.


The question to ask your health department, what are you doing 14 October 2010 to test the lungs of the taxpayers in your town, county or state?  Ask your health department, as I will ask mine, again.

Kitsap County Health District, what I can do to help you offer free Spirometry to the public on 14 October 2010?


The AARC folks – respiratory people – are indispensable trained folks for COPDers.  They can be the patient’s new best friend, they ARE the folks who give us the tests to let our doctor know how we are doing. Pulmonary rehab is vital to the COPDers present and future health.

For Kitsap County Harrison Medical Center, Erik Anderson is the guy to talk to … what he doesn’t know respiratory testing usually isn’t worth knowing. He also heads the too infrequent COPD Support Group meetings.  360-792-6686

The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) is on the March with an alternative way of alerting the public about early detection for COPD.

I asked for and received AARC pamphlets and information to hand out at local doctor offices and the Kitsap County Health Department.

“3.86% of 239000 people in Kitsap county means 9 THOUSAND 2 Hundred people have lung disease. 9,200 are known and potentially 9,200 have some COPD and don’t even know it yet.

There are a lot of people that could benefit from screening!”

Steven Nelson MS RRT FAARC

Associate Executive Director

American Association for Respiratory Care


+1.972.243.2272 Office


Kitsap County Health District:  Will you give the citizens of this county Spirometry testing for early detection COPD?

More later… Sharon O’Hara

Part 3 of 4

World COPD Day 2009 in Silverdale includes Pictures

The University of Washington’s, Pamela Weisman, ARNP, spoke on “Strategies to Manage Shortness of Breath”

De-conditioning, Weak Muscles Lead to Oxygen Inefficientcy
De-conditioning, Weak Muscles Lead to Oxygen Inefficiency
and Port Orchard’s, Carol Lowrie was intent on note taking..
...for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Hamlet Act 2, Scene2
...for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Hamlet Act 2, Scene2
Chuck Intent on Listening and Getting Ready to Ask a Question.
Chuck Intent on Listening and Getting Ready to Ask a Question.

A few tips from the Self-Management Study included:
“Walking Up Stairs or Uphill and SOB
* … plant your whole foot flat on each step.
* Start with a few good breaths in and out; start walking slowly WHILE BREATHING OUT THROUGH PURSED LIPS.
* Don’t hold your breath! Ascend 2-3 steps at a time (fewer if necessary) while breathing OUT.
* Rest while breathing in and out for a few breaths. Continue when comfortable.”

One of a COPDers most valuable asset is to learn properly how to Pursed Lip Breathe (PLB) until it is second nature whenever we begin to desaturate. The life you save may be your own. I’ve proved to myself time after time that PLB works, keeping me out of the hospital. Other medical conditions have taken me to the ER, NOT my shortness of breath… thanks entirely to proper training and use of my oximeter proving to myself that sinking numbers WILL come up to the safety range using PLB! PLB and focus took my low 70’s number up to the low 90’s and I kept it there until the plane landed at SeaTac. Only once during the flight from San Diego did I move and that was to nod and tell the stewardess, “I’m okay.”
Years before I was hospitalized with a blood/oxygen level of 84 so I’d say PLB works even in extreme situations.

How many COPDers in Kitsap County – anywhere – use a oximeter to help train in a technique that will help keep you out of the hospital due to SOB? Panic attacks are familiar to COPDers. Hey, its scary to overdo, run out of air, gasp and get more frightened as panic begins to rule and airways can’t keep up with the increasing need for oxygen …a vicious circle all driving your saturation point into Puget Sound with the bottom fish and a panicked 911 call. All that could be avoided with proper training in the use of the oximeter using PLB technique. It works for me.

I was lucky enough to qualify for the Shortness of Breath Study and can’t praise the people and program highly enough for what it did for me and what it will do for those who follow us.

What is it about?
-Researchers at the University of Washington and University of California San Francisco are
-Testing different ways to provide education, skills training, and support to help patients with COPD manage their SOB
(Funded by the National Institute of Health, 2005-2011; http://www.managesob.org)

Eric E. Anderson BS, RRT
Director Respiratory Care, EEG
Harrison Medical Center
Eric is the genie who put the 2009 World COPD Day Celebration together and did a fine job for the small, enthusiastic crowd.

Thank you, Eric...Good Job!
Thank you, Eric...Good Job!
Pam Considers an Evening COPD Event for the Future - Thank you, Pam!
Pam Considers an Evening COPD Event for the Future - Thank you, Pam!

The enthusiastic World COPD Day event was held in the Rose Room in Harrison – Silverdale….
Thanks for the event!
More later… Sharon O’Hara

World COPD Day Celebration 2009 is coming to Silverdale!


The University of Washington’s School of Nursing, Pam Wiseman is the speaker and will be in Silverdale, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 to speak in honor of World COPD Day.

Harrison Medical Center will honor COPD Day 2009 in the Rose Room at Harrison-Silverdale, Washington from 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The Shortness of Breath subject will include discussion on strategies on what we can do to help ourselves lead a quality life with COPD.

Pursed lip breathing, exercising and all the questions you can think to ask are included. We will get answers to what we can do to best help ourselves lead the best quality of life possible and help us remain the Captain of our own lifeship. Knowing these strategies can and will make a difference in our lives.

Caregivers, family and friends are welcome.


For more information:
Pam Wiseman, Shortness of Breath Study (206)616-8993
Eric Anderson, Harrison Medical Center (360)744-6686

I am a COPDer and fan of the recumbent trike as a superb way for us to exercise; gain muscle for optimal ability to breathe….since muscle utilizes oxygen better than flab.

I will bring one of my trikes tomorrow if anyone is interested and please note that I do not sell recumbent trikes nor benefit from anyone else selling them.

Hope to see you tomorrow!
More later… Sharon O’Hara

COPD Funding Available Through NHLBI!

Great news for unwary lungs on the way to rack and ruin!
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute are ready, willing and able to bring COPD awareness and early detection testing to… US.
After years of collaboration with doctors and medical organization, researchers, patient organizations, the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® campaign will extend a hearty Welcome to all organizations engaged in COPD education and awareness through the campaign.

The NHLBI offers limited funding to those organizations working for COPD on the state and local level. All interested organizations are asked to apply:
The deadline for proposals is July 23, 2009.

For us, locally, the American Lung Association of Washington could apply using the Colorado COPD Coalition Strategic Plan—used as a prototype for other State Plans-information and copy thanks to Edna Fiore.

The American Association for Respiratory Care’s (http://www.aarc.org) Respiratory Therapists are invaluable to the COPDer. We need more and sooner. Here in Kitsap County, Eric Anderson at Harrison Medical Center is a member of AARC – maybe he and Harrison Medical Center will tackle the project. Eric, how about it?

AARC is noted for Dr. Tom…a COPDer National Treasure and best friend for his insight and wisdom. Dr. Tom of Colorado is not only a noted physician and expert on lungs, I am sorry to say he is one of us.

Thanks to all the organizations dedicated to educate and march for early detection.
Thanks to all the people who dedicate their lives to fight disease, the researchers, the support folks and the patient caregivers.
Sharon Blomlie O’Hara