2022 Undergraduate Research Showcase
 

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

4-22-2022

Faculty Sponsor

Jason Blomquist and Dr. Renee Walters

Abstract

In the current healthcare system and state of environmental pollution, individuals with chronic conditions are subject to exacerbations that decrease their quality of life. Air quality and the high levels of pollution in concentrated urban cities have an ostensibly dire effect on individuals with respiratory conditions, particularly asthma. We propose the implementation of personal air pollution monitoring devices into healthcare research (leading towards FDA approval) and eventually into part of the typical plan of care for someone with asthma. Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s stationary monitors are sometimes unable to determine the safety of air quality in the places where people work and live. Personal air pollution monitoring devices would be able to combat this gap in quality data, thus having the ability to prevent asthma exacerbations through an upstream preventative measure that gives patients more control over their chronic condition.

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