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N95 respirator use during advanced pregnancy.

Authors
Roberge-RJ; Kim-J-H; Powell-JB
Source
Am J Infect Control 2014 Oct; 42(10):1097-1100
NIOSHTIC No.
20045273
Abstract
Background: To determine the physiological and subjective effects of wearing an N95 filtering facepiece respirator (N95 FFR) in advanced stages of pregnancy. Methods: Healthy pregnant women (n = 22) and nonpregnant women (n = 22) had physiological and subjective measurements taken with and without wearing an N95 FFR during exercise and postural sedentary activities over a 1-hour period. Results: There were no differences between the pregnant and nonpregnant women with respect to heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, transcutaneous carbon dioxide level, chest wall temperature, aural temperature, and subjective perceptions of exertion and thermal comfort. No significant effect on fetal heart rate was noted. Conclusions: Healthy pregnant women wearing an N95 FFR for 1 hour during exercise and sedentary activities did not exhibit any significant differences in measured physiological and subjective responses compared with nonpregnant women.
Keywords
Respirators; Respiratory-equipment; Pregnancy; Women; Face-masks; Physiological-factors; Physiological-response; Physiological-measurements; Physical-exercise; Fetus; Heart-rate; Air-purifying-respirators; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Author Keywords: Pregnancy; Respiratory protective equipment; Physiological response; Subjective response; Fetal heart rate
Contact
Raymond J. Roberge, MD, MPH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, 636 Cochrans Mill Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
CODEN
AJICDC
Publication Date
20141001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dtn0@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2015
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M102014
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
0196-6553
NIOSH Division
NPPTL
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
American Journal of Infection Control
State
PA
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