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Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1994 Dec;150(6 Pt 1):1575-80.

Volume spirometers need automated internal temperature sensors.

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Lung Health Study Research Group, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland.


Spirometer temperature was measured automatically during all years of the Lung Health Study. Short- and long-term changes in temperature were analyzed for the 23 dry-rolling-seal volume spirometers used at the 10 clinical centers involved in the study. Within-test-session spirometer temperature increased a mean of 0.3 degrees C, and as much as 3.0 degrees C during methacholine challenge testing. The maximal change in spirometer temperature during a test day exceeded 4 degrees C more than 5% of the time. Month-to-month changes of more than 15 degrees C were not uncommon. If ambient temperature had been assumed to apply to all maneuvers and used for BTPS corrections, FEV1, and FVC measurement errors of up to 6% would have occurred. When using volume spirometers, the temperature of air inside the spirometer should be measured accurately during each breathing maneuver.

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