peak flow meter


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peak flow meter

a hand-held device that measures peak expiratory flow; useful for self-monitoring of airway obstruction in asthma.

peak flow meter

n.
A portable instrument that detects minute decreases in air flow, used by people with asthma to monitor small changes in breathing capacity.

peak flow·me·ter, peak flow meter

(pēk flō'mē-tĕr)
A portable device for measuring and displaying the highest level of expiratory flow produced by a patient; commonly used to monitor pulmonary function in patients with a reversible disease of the airways.
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Peak flow meter with a questionnaire and mini-spirometer to help detect asthma and COPD in real-life clinical practice: a cross-sectional study.
"Case finding in this way would reduce the number of individuals who receive spirometry unnecessarily, as only those testing positive to the peak flow meter or microspirometry would move on to quality diagnostic spirometric testing," the authors write.
The page following page Z shows a peak flow meter with a color zone with simple explanation of what each of the colors red, yellow and green mean.
established two PEF prediction equations based on age and height for males and females among the American population using a Wright peak flow meter [1].
Peak expiratory flow rate was measured in a standing position by using Wright's Peak Flow Meter (MicroPeak Cardinal Health UK).
In both groups, the severity of the RAD ([PEFR.sub.p] < 40%[PEFR.sub.Max] = severe, 40% [PEFR.sub.Max] < [PEFR.sub.p] < 70% [PEFR.sub.Max] = moderate, and [PEFR.sub.p] > 70% [PEFR.sub.Max] = mild) ([PEFR.sub.MAX] = maximum predicted PEFR based on gender, age, and height in normal situation, [PEFR.sub.40%] = 40% of maximum predicted PEFR, [PEFR.sub.70%] = 70% of maximum predicted PEFR, and [PEFR.sub.p] = mean measured PEFR of patients by peak flow meter in emergency department) and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) were estimated and recorded based on the history, physical examination, and peak flow metry before treatment.
A spirometer and peak flow meter are used to diagnose as well as monitor chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders like asthma.
"These include having to use your blue reliever inhaler more often; changes in your peak flow meter readings, and increased symptoms, such as waking up in the night.
A simple gadget called peak flow meter is required to confirm diagnosis of asthma but 90% of doctors are diagnosing and treating asthma without using the peak flow meter.
Nurses from CSH also conducted several tests including blood pressure and blood sugar checks, SPO2 Test (spot oxygen saturation) and the PEFM test (peak flow meter), a test to check the status of the individual's lungs.
The senior chest physician said that a simple gauge called peak flow meter is required to make a confirmed diagnosis of asthma but 90% of doctors diagnosing and treating asthma do not use the peak flow meter.