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July 2003

    Dear fellow surfers,

    Some great discussions and information flows are happening on the Yahoo Group Bulletin Board. If you are not a member, then why not join? Follow the links in the June surf report to join.

    One member contributed to the group the following web-site that provides translations of spirometry instructions in various languages. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/health-public-affairs/mhcs/publications/872.html . This should make the job easier for many tired respiratory lab staff, especially at this time of the year!

    Last month Rob suggested a reference in the Library corner, entitled "To clip or not to clip? Noseclips for spirometry. Eur Respir J 2003; 21:876-878" at the ANZSRS website June Library Corner. This article was brought up for discussion on the BB, and the article has been included in the yahoo page files section. A poll was conducted of members testing children. 8/8 Labs testing children, use nose clips routinely during spirometry. This is unlike the Labs in the UK which numbered 4/25. One up for us!, or shouldn't we bother?

    Have you ever heard of Recurrence Quantification Analysis (RQA)? It's related to Chaos theory. This is something that would be of interest to those studying breathing patterns. Chuck Webber has a website at http://homepages.luc.edu/~cwebber/ RQA is a powerful analytical tool for the study of nonlinear dynamical systems. His work is published in Webber, C.L., Jr. (1991). Rhythmogenesis of deterministic breathing patterns. In: Rhythms in Physiological Systems, H. Haken and H.-P. Koepchen (eds.). Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 171-191.

    RQA software is also free to download at http://home.netcom.com/~eugenek/download.html a site created by Eugene Kononov, a Russian-born software engineer living in the USA. It is worthwhile taking a look at and a play with it. Some examples are included like an analysis of words from Dr Suess's Green Eggs and Ham.

    A Respiratory Therapist in the USA, has set up his own Bulletin Board using YaBB software. His site only has a few members. It's worth taking a look at with the view that YaBB is freeware, but it does not incur spamming or cookie risks like Yahoo. The owner "Truecrimson" has posted a list of the suggested uses and abuses of Salbutamol. It is quite amusing. TrueCrimson has just joined my Yahoo group. http://www.thecrimsonpirate.com/rt/yabbsert/index.php

    A fellow member, Andrew Shearman, has pointed me to some important paediatric papers in the April Edition of the Respiratory Care Journal. Take a look at http://www.rcjournal.com/contents/04.03/contents.asp There are articles on neonatal/paediatric pulse oximetry and Infant Lung Function. Of interest to me was MasimoSet Oximetry technology referred to in the oximetry papers. I have just purchased one and can recommend it.

    Happy surfing, and feel free to make suggestions and contributions to this section.

    Andrew Coates



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