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SentrySuite • Online Manual

Ambient Data

Ambient Conditions
Table of Contents
Ambient Data................................................................................................... 2
Program Start................................................................................................... 3
Manual Entry of Ambient Data......................................................................... 4

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Ambient Data

All respiratory flows and volumes as well as parameters derived from these
values which are determined in pulmonary function tests are standardized by
definition according to body conditions which are also called BTPS conditions
(BTPS = Body Temperature, Pressure, Saturated with water vapor). That means,
the measured results are valid for 37 °C and 100 % relative humidity at a given
barometric pressure. As a result, expiratory flows and volumes can be determined
directly, while inspiratory values which are based on ATP (= Ambient Temperature,
Pressure) ambient conditions have to be corrected to BTPS conditions. The
inspiratory correction factor will be calculated automatically and is based on the
Ambient Unit current values of room temperature, relative humidity and absolute barometric
Vyntus AMB pressure.
If an Ambient Unit is included in the delivery package, the current values for room
temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure are recorded with the help
of this module and automatically saved in the system.
In order to assure correct data, the Ambient Unit must neither be exposed to direct
sunlight nor positioned near heating elements.
If the lung function measuring station is not equipped with an Ambient Unit, the
current ambient data are to be entered manually. In this case, room temperature,
relative humidity and absolute barometric pressure need to be determined by
a small home weather station and entered manually in the entry mask of the
Ambient Unit Ambient Data screen menu.
MasterScreen Series

The ATP-BTPS correction factor for inspiratory flows and volumes will be
determined from the ambient data. Therefore, ambient data have to be
updated at regular intervals. Incorrect or unprecise ambient data will result in
incorrect measuring results.

In case of a manual data entry, the ambient data should be updated if the room
temperature has changed by more than 2 °C and the relative humidity by more
than 10% respectively. In measuring stations which are equipped with an Ambient
Unit this update will be done automatically.

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Program Start

Ambient data can be called up from any application program (such as Spirometry,
Body, ...) and any calibration program.

In order to call up the current ambient data, click on the “Ambient Data“ icon.
The following window appears:

Currently measured barometric pressure (hPa).

Currently measured room temperature ( °C).

Currently measured relative humidity (%).

Altitude (m). This value is to be updated manually once (see


following chapter “Manual Entry of Ambient Data“).

The green <OK> button indicates the current status of the ambient data. The
last update is shown in hours and minutes next to the button. If the system is
equipped with an Ambient Unit, the ambient data will be updated automatically.

Click on <Manual entry> and the ambient data can be entered manually (see
following chapter “Manual Entry of Ambient Data“).

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First, click this icon to open the “Ambients“ window.

Select <Manual entry>. The following window appears:

Click on the respective blue ambient data entry field and enter the current
data manually.

The barometric pressure has always to be entered as an absolute


pressure (do not convert it to relative sea level)!

If “Show warning after 4 hours“ is checked, a warning reminding on the


upcoming update will appear in the measurement program four hours after the
last update of the ambient data.

Click on <Save> to save the new ambient data.

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Manually entered ambient data should be updated if the room temperature


has changed by more than 2 °C and the relative humidity by more than 10%,
respectively. Please do also consider the absolute barometric pressure. Thus,
inspiratory values will be determined correctly.

An insufficient BTPS correction of the inspiratory values has practically no


influence on expiratory parameters. The important expiratory parameters
(FEV1, FVC,...) will always be determined correctly.

If an Ambient Unit is available and the ambient data are to be entered


manually anyway, the Ambient Unit has to be disconnected. Otherwise the
manually changed ambient data will automatically be overwritten again.

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