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Measuring peak expiratory flow

VOL: 96, ISSUE: 38, PAGE NO: 49PHIL JEVON, RESUSCITATION TRAINING OFFICER; BEVERLEY EWENS, CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST, MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALLJOAN MANZIE, RESPIRATORY NURSE SPECIALIST, AT MANOR HOSPITAL, WALSALLPeak expiratory flow (PEF) or peak flow is defined as 'the maximum flow achievable from a forced expiration starting at full inspiration with an open glottis' (BTS & ARTP, 1994). It is a simple, cost-effective test in the assessment of respiratory disease.

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