|Document ID (ISN)||104290|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||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.
||Work-related asthma among health care workers: Surveillance data from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-1997
||Mar. 2005, Vol.47, No.3, p.265-275. 89 ref.
||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.
||New Jersey; California; health care personnel; Michigan; asthma; Massachusetts
||formaldehyde; glutaraldehyde; USA; cleaning agents; medical supervision; latex; survey; hospitals; natural rubber
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Health care services
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)