A cross-sectional study of lung functions in traffic police personnel at work in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Hari Sunder Shrestha, Ojashwi Nepal, Kishor Khanal, Bhoopinder Kumar Kapoor

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The present study was aimed to assess pulmonary functions in the traffic police personnel (TPP) posted on traffic duty in Kathmandu valley, Nepal.

METHODS: The study group consisted of 17 females and 89 males, constituting 16% and 84% of the total police personnel studied, respectively. In the control group of 25 individuals, 16% (n=4) were female and 84% (n=21) were male. Portable desktop spirometer was used for the pulmonary function test (PFT) measurements.

RESULTS: It is seen that in females as compared to males, PFT parameters show a significant decrease. One-way ANOVA conducted to compare the effect of duration of air pollution exposure showed that there is a significant variation in PFT parameters among the groups. The exposure duration has significant effect on the PFT parameters.

CONCLUSION: Greater the officers are engaged in traffic duty for years, greater is the decrement in their lung functions test.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/acclm.v1i1.12315

Ann. Clin. Chem. & Lab. Med. 1(1) 2015: 42-48

Keywords

Traffic Police Pulmonary Spirometer Air Function

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/acclm.v1i1.12315

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