The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Taiwan University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00173017
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: June 2005
History: No changes posted
  Purpose

Wearing N95 masks may have adverse physical effect on medical staff


Condition Intervention
Hypoxemia
Hypercapnia
Device: wearing N95 masks

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff

Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • EEG change, ABG change, change in scores of attention test, etc

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • symptoms wearing N95 masks

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: August 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2005
Detailed Description:

Wearing N95 masks results in hypooxygenemia and hypercapnia which reduce working efficiency and the ability to make correct decision.

Medical staff are at increased risk of getting 'Severe acute respiratory syndrome'(SARS), and wearing N95 masks is highly recommended by experts worldwide. However, dizziness, headache, and short of breath are commonly experienced by the medical staff wearing N95 masks. The ability to make correct decision may be hampered, too. The purpose of the study was therefore to evaluate the physiological impact of N95 mask on medical staff.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • medical staff

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00173017

Locations
Taiwan
National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Tze-Wah Kao, master National Taiwan University
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00173017     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9261700712
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: September 12, 2005
Health Authority: Taiwan: Department of Health

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
N95 mask
medical staff
hypoxemia
hypercapnia
neurological study

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypercapnia
Anoxia
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Signs and Symptoms

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