A New and Innovative Approach to Pulmonary Function Testing In the Workplace.
The Mobile Occupational Respiratory Evaluation (MORE) Program attempts to address the increasing demands of work-related health issues. The PFT is performed to evaluate work-related respiratory complaints, such as asthma and Reactive Airway Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS). In circumstances where the precipitating agent(s) is known or suspected, real-time and laboratory air monitoring can be performed to correlate with PFT results. Observations of on-going work activities potentially associated with respiratory complaints and PFT changes can also be provided by a CTEH® industrial hygienist.
MORE utilizes cutting-edge technology and the services of experienced health professionals to provide our clients with effective testing in the workplace, thereby reducing the amount of time an employee is away from the job, alleviating inconvenience, and ensuring a more accurate evaluation. In addition, an occupational medicine physician is available for workplace evaluation and consultation.
Acute work-related changes in respiratory function are typically evaluated through the use of portable peak-flow meters that can be used any time during the workday. In a typical case scenario, the patient is instructed in the use of the peak-flow meter and carries it to the workplace. While performing regular work activities, the worker takes several readings during the work shift and records them in a diary. The information is later evaluated by a health care provider who analyses the data to determine if there are any consistent changes associated with work activities. Advantages in using the MORE Program include: