Step 2 – Check all patients for evidence of COPD diagnostic testing
Sort your COPD patients by those who have the correct code for post-bronchodilator spirometry:
- Read Code: 339m
- Or SNOMED code: 407603001
Also check that they have the correct FEV1/FVC ratio recorded, and this result is less than 0.7. This should be a decimal number, not a percentage.
- For example, 0.65
- NOT 65%
If the patient does have the correct code for post-bronchodilator spirometry AND a ratio recorded less than 0.7, this confirms their diagnosis of COPD. No further action required.
If the patient does not have the correct code for post-bronchodilator spirometry AND/OR does not have a FEV1/FVC ratio recorded less than 0.7, they may be misdiagnosed and should be reviewed. Click through the dropdown menu below for more details.