N95 respirator use during advanced pregnancy.
Roberge RJ; Kim J-H; Powell JB
Am J Infect Control 2014 Oct; 42(10):1097-1100
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.
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
Raymond J. Roberge, MD, MPH, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, 636 Cochrans Mill Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Healthcare and Social Assistance
American Journal of Infection Control