06 March 2009
Validation of Quark CPET versus "First Principles" Metabolic Calibrator
COSMED's Quark CPET has been validated against a “first principles” metabolic calibrator capable of delivering cyclic air flows of known tidal volume, frequency and gas makeup.
“First principles” systems are advantageous in validation testing because their calibration is based solely on easily measured and verified quantities such as length and time (See: Gore CJ, Catcheside PG, French SN, Bennett JM, Laforgia J. Automated VO2max calibrator for open-circuit indirect calorimetry systems. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1997; 29(8):1095-1103).
Founded in 1980, COSMED is a privately owned company manufacturing Cardio Pulmonary and Metabolic Diagnostic Equipment. COSMED products include a full range of Spirometers, Pulmonary Function, Body Composition, Nutritional Assessment and Cardio Pulmonary Exercise systems, including Electrocardiographs, Ergometers and Assessment Software. COSMED solutions are aimed for either professional or medical use for many different applications like: Hospital, Clinics, Primary Care, University & Education in Human Physiology, Clinical Nutrition, Commercial Weight Management, Human Performance Centers, Sport Institutions and Health Club Industry. COSMED Headquarters are located in the province of Rome, Italy. COSMED has subsidiaries in the USA, China and Germany, and distributes its products internationally through a constantly growing distributor network covering more than 70 countries.