Field And Advisory Services
Dr. Palmer has over 50 years of experience covering many facets of lung function testing. This has included the running of a hospital pulmonary laboratory, serving as a USPHS respiratory disease epidemiologist where he designed occupational lung disease testing and surveillance programs for industries both nationally and internationally. He has also provided spirometry record over read and quality control services to industries. In his capacity as Course Director for Palmer Associates he has trained and certified thousands of medical personnel in spirometry testing, as required by NIOSH.
Palmer Associates is now under the direction of Kendra Palmer Anderson, NIOSH Approved Course Director.
Written Standard Operating Procedures (Sop's)
This document, along with a video showing the steps to be followed, provides a blueprint for standardizing test procedures between personnel and various sites. Such guidelines increase the sensitivity and specificity of the program. Employees appreciate the easy to follow format of these SOP manuals, definitely user friendly.
That ATS 1994 Update recommends that spirometry data collection programs be subject to a Quality Control review program to insure the continued collection of valid data. The program requires a sample of spirometry records be sent to Palmer Associates Inc. Overread Center on a periodic basis for review and evaluation. Consistent procedural errors that invalidate the data can be identified with corrective measures given to that technician. A graphic performance report is sent to each person submitting records. Summary performance records by person and by site are submitted to management. Companies using this service have improved their data quality Success Rates significantly (78.3% to 95.6%).
Palmer Associates Inc. Inc. provides assistance to corporations to help them effectively manage their data and efficiently identify workers at risk. Services offered range from recommendations on computerized data management systems that best fit the clients' needs to epidemiologic analysis of accumulated data bases.
Because of confusing claims and counter claims from equipment manufacturers, it is difficult to make an intelligent selection of appropriate equipment for your corporate needs. PA's advisory service cuts through this fog and provides specific recommendations that are geared to your medical and risk management goals and budgets. Selections are carefully screened to insure they meet Dept. of Labor Law (OSHA) performance specifications. PA is not in the business of selling equipment, so remains unbiased in these assessments.