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Protective facemask impact on human thermoregulation: an overview.

Authors
Roberge-RJ; Kim-J-H; Coca-A
Source
Ann Occup Hyg 2012 Jan; 56(1):102-112
NIOSHTIC No.
20039681
Abstract
The use of protective facemasks (PFMs) negatively impacts respiratory and dermal mechanisms of human thermoregulation through impairment of convection, evaporation, and radiation processes. The relatively minor reported increases in core temperature directly attributable to the wearing of PFMs suggest that associated perceptions of increased body temperature may have a significant psychological component or that regional or global brain temperature changes are involved. Modifications in PFM structure, components, and materials might allow for improved heat dissipation and enhanced compliance with use.
Keywords
Emergency-response; Emergency-responders; Infectious-diseases; Infection-control; Respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Face-masks; Thermoregulation; Biological-effects; Body-temperature; Humans; Heat-dissipation; Personal-protective-equipment; Physiological-effects; Author Keywords: comfort; core temperature; PFMs; thermoregulation; tolerance
CODEN
AOHYA3
Publication Date
20120101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dtn0@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B10122011
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0003-4878
NIOSH Division
NPPTL
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
State
PA
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