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Effect on breathing resistance of a surgical mask worn over a N95 filtering facepiece respirator.

Authors
Vojtko-MR; Roberge-MR; Vojtko-RJ; Roberge-RJ; Landsittel-DP
Source
J Int Soc Respir Prot 2008 Mar; 25:1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20034098
Abstract
Concerns over potential shortages of filtering facepiece respirators in the face of a pandemic influenza have prompted suggestions that the use of a surgical mask as an outer barrier might prolong the useful life of the respirator, but the effect on breathing resistance of this tandem respiratory protection has not been scientifically evaluated. Utilizing pressure transducers coupled to a breathing mannequin programmed at low-to-moderate and moderate-to-high breathing volumes, the current study measured baseline inspiratory and expiratory pressures of N95 filtering facepiece respirators before and after placement of a surgical mask over the respirator. The use of a surgical mask concurrently with a N95 filtering facepiece respirator results in a statistically significant increase in breathing resistance over that of the respirator alone.
Keywords
Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Dust-control-equipment; Particle-aerodynamics; Particulates; Aerosol-particles; Respiratory-equipment; Statistical-analysis; Breathing; Breathing-zone
Contact
Raymond J. Roberge, MD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, P.O.Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20080301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dtn0@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0892-6298
NIOSH Division
NPPTL
Source Name
Journal of the International Society for Respiratory Protection
State
PA
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