For safety’s sake, suspend spirometry: TSANZ advice

Lung function testing should be put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak 'unless medically essential'

All non-essential spirometry should be suspended to protect respiratory physicians and their patients from COVID-19 infection, according to latest advice.


Nebulisation, high flow oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilation and assisted coughing also carry a significant risk of transmission, the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) said in a statement in March.

“While these therapies offer significant benefits, there are often viable alternative approaches to management that have less risk of transmitting viral infections.”