The diagnosis of occupational asthma
Workers in the Québec City region gained access to a new, state-of-the-art diagnostic centre for occupational asthma, thanks to two bronchial provocation systems developed at the IRSST. The Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) or Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, became the second such centre in Québec by adopting two safe bronchial provocation systems designed by the IRSST’s aerosol metrology laboratory. By applying cutting-edge technology, these automated aerosol- and vapour-generation chambers offer many benefits for workers and hospital personnel, as well as standardizing the diagnostic tests. In Québec, only the IUCPQ and Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal have this technology.