First PFT Device Approved for New Coal Miner Surveillance Program
ANDOVER, Mass.—April 12, 2016—The EasyOne®, ndd Medical Technologies, Inc.’s market-leading mobile ultrasound PFT technology and software platform, is the first pulmonary function testing equipment to meet new standards for the Coal Miner Health Surveillance program, the company announced today at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) meeting in Jacksonville, FL.
New National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regulations require periodic spirometry screenings for both underground and now, surface coal miners too. The pulmonary function testing must be done in NIOSH-approved facilities and administered by testers who have successfully completed the organization’s Spirometry Training Course.
The Coal Miner Health Surveillance Program focuses on training professionals who screen employees exposed to coal and silica dust that could cause black lung disease, silicosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
A spirometry Training Course at AAOHN will be taught by NIOSH Spirometry Course Director Rebecca Moreland, Ph.D., MPH, who uses the Easy on-PC for training occupational health nurses and professionals performing spirometry in the field and workplace.
“The EasyOne PFT devices are very portable and are easy to take into the field or plant,” she says. “In our training classes, we often use the PC software version, which allows us to project maneuvers and spirographs so that trainees can see and understand exactly what’s happening.
“The EasyOne ultrasound technology is not only accurate, but provides on-the-spot predictive values and easy identification of repeatable lung function results,” she comments. “Its concise printouts and graphic displays highlight lung function parameters and results, including preliminary interpretation. And the ndd technology saves the information directly from the spirogram into a database or Electronic Health Record (EHR).”