The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff
Wearing N95 masks may have adverse physical effect on medical staff
|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|
- EEG change, ABG change, change in scores of attention test, etc
- symptoms wearing N95 masks
|Study Start Date:||August 2003|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||June 2005|
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.