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MARTIN RODRIGUEZ, Francisco et al. Perfusion index in a resuscitation with biological risk, as a measure of poor physiological tolerance. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2019, vol.18, n.53, pp.417-444.  Epub Oct 14, 2019. ISSN 1695-6141.


Perform a cardiopulmonary resuscitation requires technical knowledge and minimal physical conditions. Perform this resuscitation a team of individual protection against biological risks level D placed increases the overexertion that encourage rescuers are subjected.

The objective of this study is to prove the existence of a pattern of poor physiological tolerance to the use of personal protective equipment level D, category 4-5-6B for action in incidents with biological risk objectified by measuring the perfusion index before and after a simulated resuscitation.

Material and methods:

We have performed a quasiexperimental not controlled on 96 volunteers chosen through a random sampling, stratified by sex, level of education and professional category, medical and nursing students and professionals doctors and nurses.

A decision of the perfusion index before performing the resuscitation and other simulated after resuscitation.


A 15% of the volunteers presented a perfusion index lower back to baseline, which translates into a situation of peripheral vasoconstriction after the completion of the physical exercise that involved the clinical case, when expected was a vasodilatation to Increase perfusion.


Extrapolating these data, we can conclude that, in the sample for the study, the volunteers who have less perfusion index at the end of that at the beginning do not tolerate well the effort involved in the case.

Keywords : Physiological tolerance; exposure to biological agents; personal protection; perfusion index.

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