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Document ID (ISN)41902
CIS number 84-1146
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Zimmerlé J., Muhlmann-Weill M., Karli A.
Title The toxicity of anaesthetic gases and vapours and the problem of eliminating them - A safety and health problem in the hospital
Original title Toxicité et problèmes d'évacuation des gaz et vapeurs anesthésiques - Un problème de prévention en milieu hospitalier [in French]
Bibliographic information 1983, Vol.44, No.7, p.463-470. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Review of the hazards (carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, hepatic and renal toxicity, reproductive and behavioural disturbances) associated with prolonged and repeated exposure to low levels of anaesthetics; the hazards are due to the properties of the compounds themselves and to the equipment used by anaesthesiologists. Evaluation of methods for removing anaesthetics from the air of an operating room requires methods for the determination of trace levels of the compounds in air and blood. An effective antipollution programme requires removal of the gases by local ventilation, good general ventilation, proper techniques of administration and regular maintenance of equipment.
Descriptors (primary) local exhaust; hospitals; operating theatres; inhalation anaesthetics
Descriptors (secondary) mutagenic effects; hepatotoxic effects; octachloronaphthalene; nitrous oxide; exposure tests; exposure evaluation; genetic effects; psychological effects; carcinogenic effects; ventilation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures