SOMC to Host Free Lung Health Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Diagnostic and Sleep Study departments will celebrate World Spirometer Day from 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Lucasville LIFE Center, 10617 U.S. Route 23 in Lucasville.

Community members are invited to participate in the free spirometry and pulse oximetry screenings during the event. The screening takes five minutes and tests the lungs for early indications of diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“The Forum of International Respiratory Societies has deemed 2010 as the Year of the Lung and we hope this free screening will raise awareness of lung health and prevent future lung diseases,” Pam Kayser, RRT, RPFT, supervisor of the Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab at SOMC, said. “Just as people monitor their blood pressure, they should also be proactive about their lung health.”

If the test results raise concern, attendees will be given a letter to give to their family physician. Also, educational information about lung disorders will be available.

For more information, please contact the SOMC Pulmonary Diagnostic Department at 740-356-8485.

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