In order to recognize World COPD Day on November 16, Christie Clinic team members in the Pulmonary Function Lab will host an event open to the community. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of Christie Clinic at 101 W. University Avenue in Champaign.
Free spirometry tests will be available for COPD screening to those attending, as well as information on asthma and lung health. Spirometry tests measure the amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled or exhaled. Local representatives from home health providers will also be available to discuss how they can assist with any of your at-home needs.
The theme for World COPD Day 2011 is “Are you short of breath? You may have COPD! Ask your doctor about a simple breathing test call spirometry.” The goal of this message is to raise awareness of spirometry as the gold standard for diagnosis of COPD. It also emphasizes the preventative actions that a person can take to protect his or her lung health.