News from CREAL
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.
CREAL press release
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.