Pulmonary Function Testing Committee

Chair Sanja Stanojevic, PhD Halifax, NS, Canada
Vice Chair Nirav R. Bhakta, MD, PhD San Francisco, CA

The Pulmonary Function Testing Committee develops proficiency standards for pulmonary function and blood gas laboratories and develops strategies to promote adherence to ATS standards. This committee serves as a resource for the ATS staff concerning issues related to pulmonary function and blood gas testing.

Benchmarks, 2023-2024:
• Develop and implement plan for engagement with industry.
• Implementation of the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Testing technical standard document, which has been approved by ATS/ERS and has a working committee.
• Update of Lung Volumes technical standard document.
• Continue annual work on education in pulmonary function testing through submission of postgraduate course proposals and participation in the Clinicians Center Learning Lab at the ATS annual meeting.
• Promote best practices with respect to implementation of pulmonary function standards.
• Collaborate with the Patient and Family Education Committee to reach out to patients and family to provide input on patient-centered pulmonary function testing.
• Explore different methods for communication and networking to disseminate information about PFT lab registry.
• Develop best practices for PFT in the setting of COVID.
• Develop and implement workshop on race.
• Plan workshop to develop standards for home spirometry.
• Develop position description for Senior Advisory Council.
• Work on integration with Electronic health records
• Develop mobile remote spirometry monitoring
• Update PFT standards document
• Nominate a diverse slate of candidates for ATS Respiratory Health Awards.
• The committee will be responsible for reviewing content it has previously posted to the ATS website to determine if it should be updated and moved to the new site or archived/deleted. Using parameters established by the ATS Digital Content Committee as a guideline, committee members will make necessary modifications to ensure the content is accurate and conforms with established ATS standards. Reviews are to be completed by December 1, 2023.