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Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1981 Dec;42(12):897-903.

Clinical pulmonary function and industrial respirator wear.

Abstract

This investigation was the initial step in determining a clinical pulmonary test which could be used to evaluate workers as to their suitability to industrial respirator wear. Sixty subjects, 12 superior, 37 normal, and 11 moderately impaired with respect to lung function tests were evaluated with a battery of clinical pulmonary tests while wearing an industrial respirator. The respirator was a full-face mask (MSA-Ultravue) "demand" breathing type equipped with an inspiratory resistance of 85 mm H2O at 85 L/min air flow and an expiratory resistance of 25 mmH2O at 85 L/min air flow. Comparisons of these tests were made between the three groups of subjects both with and without a respirator. It appears that those lung tests which measure the flow characteristics of the lung especially those that are effort dependent are more susceptible to change as a result of respirator wear. Hence, the respirator affects the person with superior lung function to a greater degree than the moderately impaired person. It was suggested that the clinical test of 15 second maximum voluntary ventilations (MVV.25) may be the test of choice for determining worker capability in wearing an industrial respirator.

PMID:
7315747
DOI:
10.1080/15298668191420882
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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