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Submitted: 19 October 2006
HERDIN Record #: PCHRD101806031008

Correlation of vocalization test or Single E Test (SET) and Peak Expiratory Flow Rates (PEFR) in assessing pulmonary function of adult asthmatics in acute exacerbation seen at United Doctors Medical Center(UDMC).

Patrick Magalit,
Joe Alex S. Santos,
Leticia M. Yao

Objectives: 1) To determine the applicability of single E test (SET) in adult asthmatics who are in acute exacerbation 2) To establish a correlation between SET and Peak Expiratory Flow Rates (PEFR) among adult asthmatics seen at UDMC-ER and 3) To utilize SET as a useful method in educating patients to monitor changes in their lung function

Design: Prospective Study

Setting: United Doctors Medical Center (UDMC) - Emergency Room

Intervention: The SET was measured by asking the patient to take a deep breath and say "E" in his/her normal tone while exhaling and without taking another breath. The time in seconds is measured from the start of "E" up to the last audible sound. The PEFR is measured by a peak flow meter (PFM)

Results: One hundred eighty seven (187) patients were included in the study. The correlation between SET and PEFR pre- and post- nebulization showed r of 0.91 and 0.93, respectively. There was a marked improvement of SET and PEFR after the pharmacologic intervention with beta-2 agonist as shown by improvement of mean from 5.10 +/- 1.87 to 7.53 +/- 1.64, and from 150.18 +/- 81.13 to 247.25 +/- 79.95, respectively

Conclusion: The single E test (SET) can be a reliable alternative in assessing pulmonary function of adult asthmatics in acute exacerbation. It can also be a great help in educating patients to monitor their condition. (Author)

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine
Frequency
Bimonthly
Publication Date
March-April 2005
Volume
43
Issue
2
Page(s)
53-56

Objectives

1) To determine the applicability of single E test (SET) in adult asthmatics who are in acute exacerbation 2) To establish a correlation between SET and Peak Expiratory Flow Rates (PEFR) among adult asthmatics seen at UDMC-ER and 3) To utilize SET as a useful method in educating patients to monitor changes in their lung function

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