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IICMS 2017

The IICMS Annual Scientific Meeting/AGM will take place on Friday April 7th at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. Last years event was a great success and was oversubscribed with very positive feedback obtained. The extra space provided by the new location allowed us to cater for many more companies and we hope to bring at least the same quality and quantity this year. A lot of work has already gone into the preparations but if you feel there is something you can add to the programme then get in touch!

Respiratory and Sleep Events

Upcoming sleep course which will take place in the auditorium, Connolly Hospital on 26th and 27th January, and also the Irish Sleep Society AGM on 28th January in the

Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport.

It is vital that you register, and the forms are included below

Registration Form


AGM Agenda

New Module 1 ‘Introduction to Spirometry’ dates by the IICMS Faculty of Respiratory Physiology (IARS)

Dates for 2016 have been confirmed

Naas General Hospital, Co Kildare

1. Wednesday 26th October 2016

Contact: Suzanne Morrin, Senior Respiratory Physiologist & Manager / Tel: 045 - 849554

Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

1. Friday 30th September 2016

2. Friday 9th December 2016

Contact: Orla Farrelly, Chief 11 Respiratory Physiologist / Tel: 044 - 9394850

Structured approach to CPET interpretation

The Physiology Academy in the Netherlands have released a structured approach to reporting CardioPulmonary Exercise Testing.  Their system reports the test under the following headings

  • Reason for Testing
  • Systematic Errors
  • Quality of CPET
  • Physiological Response
    • Cardiiovascular
    • Ventilatory
    • Gas Exchange
    • Muscle Metabolism
  • Symptom Perception
  • Conclusion

Have you any comments, email  Their web address is


Healthy Lung Awareness Week Sept 22nd - Sept 29th 2014

A nationwide survey by Ipsos MRBI has revealed that one in every 2 people (49%) has experienced lung disease either personally or through a member of their family. Yet relatively few (only 18%) have had their lungs tested over the past 5 years and significant numbers of people were unable to identify the important symptoms of lung disease when asked. The research was conducted on behalf of the Irish Lung Health Alliance, a coalition of 16 leading Irish charities to mark Ireland's first-ever National Lung Awareness Week. The week was part of a global initiative to combat lung diease, co-ordinated by the European Respiratory Society & the European Lung Foundation. Following on from the survey results, the Alliance called on the Government yo develop a National programme for Healthy Lungs.

The week was launched by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD. Speaking at the launch, the Minister for Health said: 'This is an important initiative to promote lung health and I'm pleased to be here to support your work. Lung Health Awareness Week is sending out a clear message about the importance of being aware of lung diease. The Irish Lung Alliance is giving useful advice on how to minimise the risk of lung disease, the importance of early diagnosis, being aware of the symptoms and having lung function tests. Increasing awareness of lung disease and self-care are closely linked with better clinical outcomes'

Orla Farrelly & Emma O'Rourke (MRH, Mullingar) attended the launch on behalf of the IICMS, Faculty of Respiratory and were on hand to test attendees.


The week saw a national road show get underway offering free Spirometry testing alongside a science education exhibition to highlight the importance of healthy lungs for life. This interactive health & well being exhibition along with the Bodyworks on Tour (jn partnership with Glasgow Science Centre) visited Dublin, Cork, Galway and Portlaoise - Ireland's Healthy Town for 2014.

As recognised experts in the field, we were asked to particpate & provide free Spirometry testing. It was hugely successful with 19 Respiratory Physiologists along with 6 DIT 4th Year Respiratory students taking part to test 400+ people over the 4 days! At the Dublin venue, RTE Morning Edition recorded footage of Avril Walsh & Orla Farrelly (MRH, Mullingar) performing Spirometry.

The week was a great opportunity to nationally showcase who we are & what we do! A huge well done to all those who took the time to participate in this worth while event.


New Spirometry Training dates by the IICMS Faculty of Respiratory Physiology/IARS

New IARS Spirometry Training Dates

Introduction to Spirometry - Module 1: Dates for 2015 have been confirmed

St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4

  • Saturday 31st January 2015
  • Saturday 7th March 2015

Contact: Geraldine Nolan, Chief 11 Respiratory Physiologist / Tel: 01 - 2214339

Naas General Hospital, Co Kildare

  • Wednesday 18th February 2015

Contact: Suzanne Morrin, Senior Respiratory Physiologist & Manager / Tel: 045 - 849554

Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

  • Friday 24th April 2014

Contact: Emma O'Rourke, A/Senior Respiratory Physiologist / Tel: 044 - 9394368

For further Information, please see:



An Official Research Policy Statement of the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society: Standards for Quantitative Assessment of Lung Structure

American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Statement: Pulmonary Function Testing in Preschool Children

Recommendations on the use of exercise testing in clinical practice

General considerations for lung function testing

Interpretative strategies for lung function tests

Standardisation of spirometry

Standardisation of the measurement of lung volumes

Standardisation of the single-breath determination of carbon monoxide uptake in the lung