O2 Saturation & Transcutaneous CO2 Level of Pregnant Workers
Using a Filtering Facepiece Respirator or Surgical Mask
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Three million industrial workers and 14 million healthcare workers use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) either routinely or occasionally. Of this number, a significant proportion are women and, at any given time, a sizeable number are pregnant, yet little is known regarding the impact of RPE upon the pregnant wearer. This study will examine the impact of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (N95 FFR) and surgical masks (SM) on oxygen saturation (O2 Sat) and transcutaneous carbon dioxide (tcPCO2) levels of pregnant workers