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Document ID (ISN)104290
CIS number 05-617
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pechter E., Davis L.K., Tumpowsky C., Flattery J., Harrison R., Reinisch F., Reilly M.J., Rosenman K.D., Schill D.P., Valiante D., Filios M.
Title Work-related asthma among health care workers: Surveillance data from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-1997
Bibliographic information Mar. 2005, Vol.47, No.3, p.265-275. 89 ref.
Abstract In this study on work-related asthma (WRA), cases were identified using physician reports and hospital discharge data in four states. Structured interviews were used to confirm cases and collect data on occupations and exposures associated with WRA. It was found that health care workers accounted for 16% of the 1879 confirmed WRA cases, but only 8% of the states' workforce. Cases were primarily nurses employed in hospitals. The most commonly reported exposures were to cleaning products, latex, and poor air quality. It is concluded that health care providers need to recognize the risk of WRA, since early diagnosis decreases the morbidity associated with the disease. Careful product purchasing and facility maintenance would decrease the risk.
Descriptors (primary) New Jersey; California; health care personnel; Michigan; asthma; Massachusetts
Descriptors (secondary) formaldehyde; glutaraldehyde; USA; cleaning agents; medical supervision; latex; survey; hospitals; natural rubber
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)