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Office-Based Spirometry: A New Model of Care in Preoperative Assessment for Low-Risk Lung Resections
The authors compared low risk patients undergoing office spirometry only (FEV1 of >60%) to those undergoing laboratory spirometry followed by lung resection. Outcomes for propensity score matched patients were similar for complications, length of stay, and readmission. Use of office-based spirometry was estimated to save their insitution $38,000 annually.