Accuracy of tidal breathing measurement of FloRight compared to an ultrasonic flowmeter in infants.

Petrus, Nicole; Thamrin, Cindy; Fuchs, Oliver; Frey, Urs (2015). Accuracy of tidal breathing measurement of FloRight compared to an ultrasonic flowmeter in infants. Pediatric pulmonology, 50(4), pp. 380-388. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1002/ppul.23006

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INTRODUCTION Monitoring breathing pattern is especially relevant in infants with lung disease. Recently, a vest-based inductive plethysmograph system (FloRight®) has been developed for tidal breathing measurement in infants. We investigated the accuracy of tidal breathing flow volume loop (TBFVL) measurements in healthy term-born infants and infants with lung disease by the vest-based system in comparison to an ultrasonic flowmeter (USFM) with a face mask. We also investigated whether the system discriminates between healthy infants and those with lung disease. METHODS Floright® measures changes in thoracoabdominal volume during tidal breathing through magnetic field changes generated by current-carrying conductor coils in an elastic vest. Simultaneous TBFVL measurements by the vest-based system and the USFM were performed at 44 weeks corrected postmenstrual age during quiet unsedated sleep. TBFVL parameters derived by both techniques and within both groups were compared. RESULTS We included 19 healthy infants and 18 infants with lung disease. Tidal volume per body weight derived by the vest-based system was significantly lower with a mean difference (95% CI) of -1.33 ml/kg (-1.73; -0.92), P < 0.001. Respiratory rate and ratio of time to peak tidal expiratory flow over total expiratory time (tPTEF/tE) did not differ between the two techniques. Both systems were able to discriminate between healthy infants and those with lung disease using tPTEF/tE. CONCLUSION FloRight® accurately measures time indices and may discriminate between healthy infants and those with lung disease, but demonstrates differences in tidal volume measurements. It may be better suited to monitor breathing pattern than for TBFVL measurements.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Forschungsgruppe Pneumologie (Pädiatrie)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Petrus, Nicole; Thamrin, Cindy and Fuchs, Oliver

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

8755-6863

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

André Schaller

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2016 09:15

Last Modified:

11 Apr 2016 09:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/ppul.23006

PubMed ID:

24574092

Uncontrolled Keywords:

infants; lung disease; lung function; validation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80047

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80047

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