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20/9/2013

CREAL: Nurses working in surgery rooms have higher risk of severe persistent asthma

CREAL: Nurses working in surgery rooms have higher risk of severe persistent asthma


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A new study suggests that nurses working in the operating rooms have a higher risk of severe persistent asthma, likely because of inhalation of chemical agents. Even so further studies with detailed estimates of occupational exposures, especially to disinfectant/cleaning agents, are warranted and are currently being set up by the same research group.

In this study participated the CREAL researcher, centre of ISGlobal Alliance, Jan-Paul Zock, who explains that “this work is another important step towards the prevention of work-related asthma in health care professionals”.

In fact, operating room nurses are known to be at higher risk for occupational injuries, work-related stress, and particularly high exposure to various toxic agents, including infectious agents, radiation, noise, latex gloves, and anesthetic gases, among health care workers.

More information:
CREAL press release

Reference:
Le Moual N, Varraso R, Zock JP, Henneberger P, Speizer FE, Kauffmann F, Camargo CA Jr. Are operating room nurses at higher risk of severe persistent asthma? The Nurses’s Health Study. J Occup Environ Med 2013; 55(8): 973-7.