Peak Flow & Spirometry for Pharmacists Working with COPD & Asthma

Peak Flow & Spirometry for Pharmacists Working with COPD & Asthma

 Peak flow and spirometry readings offer important clinical information for pharmacists caring for patients with COPD and Asthma. When taken in the Asthma and COPD Clinical Pharmacist Certificate Program, this course will provide pharmacists with an appreciation of the use of peak flow and spirometry test results when monitoring drug therapy. In this course, pharmacists will observe both spirometry and peak flow testing, review pulmonary function test results, and be prepared to teach patients how to monitor peak flow at home. At the conclusion of the module, learners will be able to recognize normal spirometry and peak flow readings, instruct patients on proper use of hand-held peak flow meters; and coach patients and caregivers to better monitor peak flow rate at home.  

CE: 1.5 Contact Hours
Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0025-0000-16-125-H01-P
Launch Date: 11/15/2016
Expiration Date: 11/15/2019
Course Number: CN#RSP007
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Instructor: Mona G. Tsoukleris, PharmD, MD Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, the learner should be able to:

  1. Accurately measure and interpret peak expiratory flow rate in patients with asthma;
  2. Counsel patients on correct use of hand-held peak flow meters, including process for home peak flow rate monitoring;
  3. Identify normal spirometry results and recognize common basic abnormalities encountered in asthma and COPD;
  4. Explain when and how pulse oximetry is used and accurately interpret results;
  5. Accurately triage patients to medical care based on objective findings; and
  6. Appreciate other pulmonary functions tests commonly encountered in patients with asthma and COPD.

Your Instructors

Mona G. Tsoukleris, PharmD, MS
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

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Technology Requirements

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Successful Completion: Learners must complete all practice based activity components including the audiovisual presentations, an upload assignment, a post-test, and an activity evaluation.  Participants must receive a score of at least 70% on the post-test in order to receive credit.  The post-test may be taken up to three (3) times. Learners must complete the activity evaluation in order to receive CE credit.  A link to the activity evaluation will be available once a learner has successfully completed all other course segments. Statements of CE Credit will be available electronically via CPE Monitor within sixty (60) days of completion of the activity.

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Use of Trade Names:  The trade names of the drugs and delivery systems in this module are for the purpose of product identification only. This activity does not intend to imply endorsement for any commercial products discussed.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: In accordance with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Policy on Conflicts of Interest, presenters certify that they had no potential conflicts of interest while developing the materials for this program.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


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