also see KoKo Filters
for pulmonary function testing.
Single patient use spirometry filters provide effective hygenic filtration for pulmonary function testing in order to protect equipment from bacterial or viral cross contamination. Spirometry filters
are specially designed with low resistance for accurate air flow testing and low dead space for accurate
lung volume testing. Spirometry filters trap expectorated matter, capture organisms including viruses,
and trap dust, pollen, bacteria, and other contaminents. A polarization effect is employed together
with HEPA filtration and other materials used in many common spirometry filters. These materials include
permanent electrets that trap viruses and other contaminents. Pulmonary tests conducted without the use
of spirometry filters can result in expectorant matter and bacteria and viruses carried into pulmonary
function equipment and thereby passed from patient to patient.
Disposable spirometry filters are commercially available to fit the KoKo Spiormeter, the KoKo DigiDoser, the KoKo Trek Spirometer and the KoKo Legend Spirometers plus many other spirometers, such as Multi-Spiro, Jaeger, Micro Direct and others.
The KoKo Moe (featured above)is a typical spirometry filter designed to offer low resistance, low dead space and minimal air flow turbulence for accurate spirometry or total lung analysis. Both resistance and deadspace fall within ATS guidelines. The HEPA filtration medium used in KoKo Moe filters is comprised of permanent electrets that trap viruses and bacteria to prevent contamination. The single patient use KoKo Moe filter minimizes concern regarding the spread of infectious diseases and provides improved patient comfort. At the same time. Lab production increases as sterilization time decreases.
Spirometers are specialized devices developed for testing the volume and rate of air flow that
can be inhaled and exhaled by patients. Spirometers are typically fitted with mouth pieces and nose
clips connected to the device designed to facilitate the measurement of a patient's respiratory air flow.
Spirometry filters are used to connect the mouth pieces to the measuring device for purposes of hygene.
Spirometry (the measuring of breath)
Spirometry is a common pulmonary function test useful in assessing a variety of respiratory
conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
and pulmonary fibrosis.
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