Vitalograph lent their support to World Spirometry Day by supplying spirometers for use at lung testing events as far afield as Argentina and across the UK in York, Ulster and Much Wenlock. Hundreds of people were tested as part of a global initiative to increase awareness of lung health and disease, to encourage people to get their lungs tested and to motivate medical professionals to test as many people as possible worldwide.
Sunday 15th July 2012 World Spirometry Day comes to the 126th Wenlock Olympian Games
'This year with the London Olympics the WSD 2012 message was to be promoted more heavily than ever therefore members of the Cardiorespiratory department at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust and the Shropshire Community Health Team were supported by the Wenlock Olympian Society in providing free spirometry tests during the historical 126th Wenlock Olympian Games. Generous support was offered by Vitalograph UK in the form of provision of both the excellent Vitalograph Alpha spirometer and also the versatile COPD 6 monitor. The Wenlock Games are credited with re-inventing the current modern Olympic movement as it was Dr William Penny Brookes who shared his passion and ideas for the games with Baron Piere DeCoubetian the founder of the current modern Olympic Games back in 1890.
Over the course of the day, more than 100 members of the public completed spirometry tests with several people being offered referral to their GP for further investigation of airflow reduction however the majority of participants were competitors at the various athletic events during the Wenlock Games and were more interested in competing amongst themselves for the best FEV1 % predicted! The WSD testing event attracted games competitors from as far a field as Glasgow and London and all those who took part commented on how well the event was run and in particular how energetic and enthusiastic the team were. The younger competitors were particularly interested in the excellent Vitalogaph mascot who was busy drumming up support and attracting a lot of attention for the WSD message!
Once again many thanks to all who took part and in particular to Vitalograph without whom the significant number of measurements obtained would not have been possible.'
Chief Respiratory Physiologist,
Princess Royal Hospital