The Federation of International Respiratory Societies have declared October 14th, 2010 World Spirometry Day to celebrate lung health during the Year of the Lung.
This coordinated event to deliver free spirometry helps raise awareness for lung disease around the world. Spirometry is a simple diagnostic tool that can be utilized to screen for lung diseases like COPD. Everyone who has a stake in raising awareness of lung disease, COPDers and providers alike, have a role to play in this event.
Do you want to be a part of the World Spirometry Day Festivities? Check out the World Spirometry Day calendar for an event near you. And if you don’t see an event registered in your area, you can start your own! There are organizing kits available on the World Spirometry Day Website. If you are not a health professional, contact your doctor’s office or local hospital or community center or any of the partner organizations to help.
The kits include guides to run a mass spirometry events in a hospital setting and in a community setting, sample media kits for contacting the press, promotional materials that can be used for marketing (banners, signs, t-shirts, etc.), questionnaires and forms to be used for testing and education fact sheets on spirometry screening, living with COPD and smoking and lung disease. The kits are all downloadable form the above website, personalized for your event and reproduced as needed.
What can you do if you are not a health professional? You can help organize the place and date, coordinate the medical professionals and the equipment needed to do the testing, market the event by contacting the media, help fundraise to pay for the event, and coordinate educational materials about the importance of lung health and lung diseases such as COPD, Asthma, and Cystic Fibrosis.
By participating in a World Spirometry Day event you are:
- Helping to raise awareness of all lung diseases and the importance of early detection
- Encouraging and enabling individuals to get their lungs tested
- Improving diagnosis of previously undetected lung problems
- Attracting media attention to this important campaign
- Motivating the medical professionals to work together with the community
To learn more about the Year of the Lung and World Spirometry Day or to view reports of events planned throughout the month, visit the official website.