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Frequency response of portable PEF meters.

Authors
Hankinson-JL; Das-MK
Source
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1995 Aug; 152(2):702-706
NIOSHTIC No.
00232463
Abstract
A study was undertaken to determine the frequency responses of eight peak expiratory flow (PEF) meters tested with forced expiratory trials having varying frequency content. Eight commercially available PEF meter models were exposed to forced expiratory flow simulations produced by a computer driven mechanical pump. PEF levels of 200, 400, and 600 liters/minute (l/min) were used, and for each level harmonic frequency limits of 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 hertz (Hz) were tested. Simulator output was confirmed using a pneumotachometer and pressure transducer, and also by measuring the displacement of the pump piston. PEF was overread in four models for waveforms with higher frequency content. From this study the authors conclude that PEF meters exhibit variable responses to PEFs of different frequencies, that frequency response characteristics should be included in device requirements and specifications, and that an upper PEF range of 12Hz and not 20Hz should be used with human subjects.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Spirometry; Respiration; Analytical-methods; Measurement-equipment; Equipment-reliability; Simulation-methods; Pulmonary-function-tests
CODEN
AJCMED
Publication Date
19950801
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1073-449X
Source Name
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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