An experimental study was conducted to find the variations in air temperature which occur within Croupettes during treatment of infants and small children with respiratory infections, and to discover some of the factors which influence change of air temperature. Fifty children, two months to three years of age, all of whom suffered respiratory illness and all of whom received Croupette therapy were included in the study. Data were collected over a test period of two hours and fifteen minutes for each child. The parallel group technique was used in analysis of data. Conclusions drawn were not conclusive because they were based upon limited data but the following trends were indicated: (1) other factors being equal, oxygen at seven liters and forced air at ten pounds pressure may be used interchangeably without altering the temperature of air within the Croupette, (2) other factors being equal, a direct relationship exists between the weight of the child and the temperature of air within the Croupette, (3) other factors being equal, a direct relationship exists between the body temperature of the child and the temperature of air within the Croupette, (4) other factors being equal, a direct relationship exists between the temperature of the room in which therapy is administered and the temperature of air within the Croupette. The hypothesis, that air temperatures within Croupettes may not be constant and may vary due to specific identifiable factors may be accepted. Because statistically significant variations in air temperature within Croupettes were found, it does not necessarily follow that the findings are medically significant. It is recommended that study be given to finding the optimum air temperature for the child suffering specific respiratory illness.
Betty J. Trubey
Winifred M. Edwards
Ivor C. Woodward
Master of Science (MS)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Respiratory Therapy -- in infancy & childhood; Temperature; Infant Care
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Pittendrigh, Mabel Starkey, "A Study of Air Temperatures within Croupettes" (1963). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1046.
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