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The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00173017
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 15, 2005
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Wearing N95 masks may have adverse physical effect on medical staff

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Hypoxemia Hypercapnia Device: wearing N95 masks

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.


Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff
Study Start Date : August 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2005
Arms and Interventions


Outcome Measures

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

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. symptoms wearing N95 masks

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • medical staff

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): 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

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00173017     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9261700712
First Posted: September 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 15, 2005
Last Verified: June 2005

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

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