Human Physiology Laboratory: Equipment

HPL Equipment

The Human Physiology Lab at Marywood is a 2,040 square foot research facility that is fully equipped to complete various physiological and biological research.

The laboratory is equipped with a full complement of utilities, including climate control, electricity (110 VAC, 220 VAC), water, natural gas, vacuum, and compressed air, and a 30" x 36" certified fume hood.

Housed within the HPL is an independent biochemistry lab fully equipped for the preparation and analysis of chemical compounds and biological specimens. An environmental chamber, also within the lab, is available for studies needing precisely controlled temperature, humidity, or gas concentrations.

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    ABL 80 FLEX CO-OX Blood Gas Analyzer

    Blood Glucose, Blood Lactate, Cholesterol Screening, and Hemoglobin

    A state-of-the-art portable analyzer that provides unprecedented flexibility. It features diagnostic capabilities that rival hospital-based machines with the ability to accurately measure: pH, pCO2,pO2, sO2, ctHb, FO2Hb, FCOHb,FMetHb, FHHb, Hct, cK+, cNa+,cCa2+, cCI-, cGlu.

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    High performance treadmill

    The HPL utilizes a TuffTread™ high speed treadmill for exercise performance testing. This treadmill moves from 0.3 to 31 mph and 0 to 40% incline to accommodate testing all levels of fitness. It can accommodate persons up to 600 lbs. and is equipped with a safety harness system capable of un- weighting subjects by up to 125 lbs. for rehabilitation purposes.

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    Vertec Vertical Jump and Long Jump Trainer

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    Function Movement Screening (FSM)

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    Ergometer: Cycle (LODE)

    The three LODE ergometers are programmable analog cycles used mainly for prescribed training programs with varying intensities.

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    Weight Bench

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    Brower Timing Systems

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    Tendo Unit

    Strength training.

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    Ergometer: Rowing (LODE)

    For those who choose rowing as their preferred sport, Concept 2® rowing ergometers can be used for exercise testing and training. The Human Physiology Lab uses two rowers, one set up for traditional rowing, while the other simulates the paddling technique used by kayakers.

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    Ergometer: Cycle (Velotron®)

    The Velotron® is a PC based cycle ergometer used for various exercise testing and training. Pre-programmed training rides can be used, or individual training programs can be created.

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    Bioelectrical impedance analysis

    The Inbody® 520 bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) scale estimates body fat using low voltage electrical current. It actually determines the electrical impedance, or opposition to the flow of an electric current through body tissues to calculate an estimate of body fat percentage, fat-free mass, and total body water. It is a simple, easy way to measure body composition or hydration status.

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    Ergometer: Arm

    An arm ergometer is available for assessing cardiovascular fitness in individuals unable to test using a treadmill cycle ergometer.

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    Cardiovascular Stress Testing

    The Quinton Q-Stress system is used for submaximal exercise testing as well as for teaching cardiovascular stress testing procedures to students in health related majors.

    Monitoring equipment

    Several small medical devices are used to monitor subjects during both exercise and research procedures for safety purposes. These include Polar heart rate monitors, blood pressure monitoring devices, Holtar monitor, Pulse Oximeter and Pulse CO-Oximeter.

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    The Marquette MAC 5000 ECG system used to monitor patients' heart rhythm, and to evaluate the effects of exercise another variables on heart function.

    Heart Rate Monitors

    • Polar H10 Heart Rate Sensor – worn around the chest, this device provides accurate and adaptable monitoring of heart rate with connectivity via Bluetooth to Apple iPad.
    • Polar OH1 Optical Heart Rate Sensor – worn around the arm, this device measures brachial pulse to accurately capture heart rate using propriety algorithms, with connectivity via Bluetooth to Apple iPad.
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    Environmental Chamber

    The environmental chamber located in the Human Physiology Lab allows our researchers to precisely control the conditions under which a subject exercises. This enclosed room allows for the control of temperature and humidity. With the addition of a metabolic system, the mix of inhaled gasses can be altered to simulate altitude, or environmental exposure.

    Air Quality Monitoring devices located within the chamber allow for accurately measuring both the amount particulate matter in the air, as well as the sizes of the particles. This also allows the researcher to carefully monitor the air quality for both patient safety reasons and for consistency in research procedures.