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Fresh air newsletter May 2017“We train providers to perform and interpret spirometry, to find and treat common chronic lung disease”

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Professor Stout is also part of a team developing a smartphone-based spirometer known as SpiroSmart. A patient blows into the phone’s microphone, and the data is sent to a cloud-based server, where a software programme translates the tracheal sounds into a flow/volume curve, to show whether a person’s lungs are normal or obstructed, and by how much. As a result of relationships made through the IPCRG network, Dr Monsur Habib in Bangladesh and the Chest Research Foundation in India have contributed validation data for this project. This new technology is also part of the FRESH AIR project, and a usability test of SpiroSmart will be conducted in each of the four participating countries. Initially, SpiroSmart will be used to measure trends in the FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in one second), the main measure of lung obstruction. Professor Stout will be training the FRESH AIR country teams how to use SpiroSmart, and also how to collect usability data, at the 1st IPCRG South Asian Scientific Conference in August 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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