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Urban climate and heat stress

In this joint project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) it was examined how heat stress affects the health of patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).

As adaptation strategy to the global climate change, patient rooms were equipped with a cooling ceiling. With these ceilings the temperature was regulated to a constant 23°C. It was examined if the constant room temperature had an effect on the health of stationary treated COPD patients.

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Urban climate and heat stress in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change (DFG research group 1736, UCaHS)

Within the UCaHS project, the staff of the Department of Outpatient Pneumology was responsible for the "medical vulnerability" module. One goal was to identify characteristics which lead to an increased vulnerability of COPD patients for a heat dependent exacerbation. For this, sociodemographic and physical characteristics of patients were analyzed. These patients were stationary treated due to an acute worsening of their lung disease during a summer heat wave.

To evaluate the influence of heat waves during a hospital stay, two patient rooms were climatized with convection free cooling ceilings. In a prospective randomized study (DRKS-ID: DRKS00004931), stationary treated patients were either accomodated in a climatized or in a non-climatized patient room. It was then examined if the recovery of the patients could be accelerated. It was analyzed whether the course of the disease or the length of stay could be positively influenced by a constant room temperature of 23°C.

Further information concerning this project can be found on the UCaHS-Seite page.

Literature on this topic

Further literature

Bronchoscopic Coil Treatment for Patients with Severe Emphysema: A Meta-Analysis.
Slebos DJ, Hartman JE, Klooster K, Blaas S, Deslee G, Gesierich W, Hetzel J, Hetzel M, McNulty W, Kemp SV, Kessler R, Leroy S, Stanzel F, Witt C, Zoumot Z, Herth FJ, Shah PL.
Respiration. 2015;90(2):136-45. doi: 10.1159/000431384

Diesen Artikel finden Sie hier bei NCBI.

Lung volume reduction coil treatment for patients with severe emphysema: a European multicentre trial.
Deslee G, Klooster K, Hetzel M, Stanzel F, Kessler R, Marquette CH, Witt C, Blaas S, Gesierich W,Herth FJ, Hetzel J, van Rikxoort EM, Slebos DJ.
Thorax. 2014 Nov;69(11):980-6. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-205221

Diesen Artikel finden Sie hier bei NCBI.

Bronchialarterien-Embolisation mit Platin-Coils bei 52 Patienten mit schwerer pulmonaler Blutung. [Bronchial artery embolisation using platinum coils in 52 patients with severe pulmonary hemorrhage].
Schmidt B, Liebers U, Kröncke T, John M, Witt C.
Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2005 Mar 4;130(9):440-3. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-863071

Diesen Artikel finden Sie hier in Deutsch im Thieme-Verlag.

Diesen Artikel finden Sie hier in Englisch bei NCBI.

Project duration: 2012 - 2016

Cooperation partners

Further information on the research of team Witt

Research at team Witt
Contact person for the research at the Department of Outpatient Pneumology