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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform a spirometry screening test in an occupational setting 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252125  Perform a spirometry screening test in an occupational setting 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nursing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people who are responsible for performing screening for respiratory functioning in an occupational setting and/or office that complies with current established occupational standards.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Prepare for a spirometry examination.
  • Conduct a spirometry screening test on a patient.
  • Evaluate, record and report spirometry test results. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication Skills at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Includes examinations that are performed for the purpose of screening and monitoring respiratory function and establishing reversibility of respiratory status in all occupational and/or office settings.
  • Does NOT apply to provocation testing in the occupational setting.
  • All actions are carried out in terms of the current specified legal requirements, manufacturer's specifications where applicable and standard operating procedures of the specific occupational setting. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for a spirometry screening test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for carrying out spirometry screening are explained in terms of the prevention of chronic lung illnesses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Volume and biological measurements of the spirometry equipment are recorded for baseline comparisons and deviations are identified and corrected to prevent false-negative results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct a spirometry screening test on a designated patient. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A respiratory health history is obtained and recorded for post-test or future reference. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The health history should include current and past:
  • Physical assessment including age, mass, height, gender.
  • State of overall health.
  • Occupational risk exposure profile.
  • Smoking habits.
  • Acute and chronic medication.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedure is demonstrated pre-testing to allay patient's fears and obtain maximum patient cooperation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Clear instructions, visual contact and encouragement are given to the patient throughout the procedure to ensure accurate outcomes and in terms of good clinical practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The number of spirograms as required by the applicable standards are produced. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate, record and report spirometry test results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The spirometry test results are recorded and graded for the purpose of diagnosis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The patient is referred, with accompanying records, to the relevant health care professionals for diagnosis and possible medical treatment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Institutions offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as providers by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors and moderators of the unit standard must be accredited as such by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors and moderators must be in possession of an equivalent or higher qualification that of the learner and must be experienced in the testing, evaluating, interpreting and recording of spirometry screening testing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Worksite hazards, which can detrimentally affect respiratory function.
  • Cultural and worksite health behaviour and the need for objective testing when a risk is identified.
  • Relevant current legislation for testing, referral and reporting lung functioning and lung diseases.
  • Health professional resources available for referral for workplace-induced lung disorders. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses indicate that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Conduct a spirometry screening test on a designated patient.
  • Evaluate, record and report spirometry test results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral/written persuasion.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Prepare for a spirometry screening test.
  • Conduct a spirometry screening test on a designated patient. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Conduct a spirometry screening test on a designated patient.
  • Evaluate, record and report spirometry test results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Conduct a spirometry screening test on a designated patient.
  • Evaluate, record and report spirometry test results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Integrated Assessment:

    Integrated assessment is carried out as a series of structured, evidence gathering processes throughout the period of learning as formative assessment. The learner's performance is assessed through the use of a range of methods and culminates in a final or summative assessment.
  • Methods include, but are not limited to:
  • Demonstrations.
  • Assignments.
  • Projects.
  • Written tests.
  • Clinical Assessments.

    Specified and Legal Requirements:
  • Current relevant legislation pertaining to Occupational Health and Safety; Mines Health and Safety; Compensation for occupational injuries and disease; Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works.
  • South African Thoracic Society Guidelines.
  • Applicable current international guidelines.
  • Best practice.
  • Policies, procedures and standards.
  • Compensable and life altering respiratory tract conditions.

    Definition of Terms:
  • Equipment and material: As per the SATS guidelines.
  • Best practice: Documented best operating practice with wide acceptance throughout the industry.
  • Equipment and material: As per the requirements of the regulations pertaining to the relevant current legislation.

    Credit Allocation:
  • Learning Experience; Hours; Credits.
  • Theoretical Learning; 30Hours; 3 Credits.
  • Experiential Learning; 20 Hours; 2 Credits.
  • Total; 50 Hours; 5 Credits. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  59257   Bachelor of Nursing  Level 7  NQF Level 08  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59236   National Diploma: Nursing  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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