Respirator Fit Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing

Having a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) can be of use to both UC and Occupational Medicine patients to have results for lung function/ tidal capacity / FEV.  Pulmonary function tests are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders.

Respirator Fit Testing

A common requirement for health care professionals, a respirator fit testing, is done to test if a respirator mask fits one’s face. This is done as a preventative measure to make sure an employee knows and understands how to use the mask if a hazardous situation were to arise. Ultra Med Urgent Care offers this test as well as other occupational testing measures to help you prepare for a new job.

How is the Test Done?

The mask is tightly fitted onto the face, to create a seal. This is because the wearer will not be protected unless this seal is created. The reason for the test is to prevent mishaps in the event a respirator does need to be used in a real emergency. There are a few different methods of testing done that are all regulated by OSHA. The different types of testing are meant to help prepare the individual for different situations that they may encounter using a respirator.

Qualitative & Quantitative Testing

Qualitative testing methods are used to test the reaction of an individual’s response to a taste or smell that may be leaking into the mask. Since the results are subjective, it is important that the test subject reports their responses honestly. This test exposes the subject to unfiltered substances and asks them to accurately identify it. Quantitative testing has machines monitoring the substances as well which can help the test administrator report with more accuracy

If your employer is requiring you to complete a respirator fit test along with other occupational physical tests, allow Ultra Med Urgent Care to be the quick and efficient place for you to complete them all. We offer a wide variety of occupational testing services to patients in the greater Skokie and Evanston, Illinois area.