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Document ID (ISN)49182
CIS number 88-504
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gestal J.J.
Title Occupational hazards in hospitals: accidents, radiation, exposure to noxious chemicals, drug addiction and psychic problems, and assault
Bibliographic information Aug. 1987, Vol.44, No.8, p.510-520. 25 ref.
Abstract Literature review. Except for infectious diseases, all the main occupational hazards affecting health workers are reviewed: accidents (explosions, fires, electrical accidents, and other sources of injury); noise; radiation (stochastic and non-stochastic effects, protective measures, and personnel most at risk); exposure to noxious chemicals, whose effects may be either local (allergic eczema) or generalised (cancer, mutations), particular attention being paid to the hazards presented by formol, ethylene oxide, cytostatics, and anaesthetic gases; drug addiction (which is more common among health workers than in the general population) and psychic problems association with promotion, shift work, and emotional stress; assault (various types of assault suffered by health workers, its causes, and the characterisation of the most aggressive patients). Not all references cited in the text are given in the bibliography, a full version of which can be obtained from the author on request.
Descriptors (primary) hospitals; occupational safety and health
Descriptors (secondary) ionizing radiation; violence; formaldehyde; mutagens; carcinogens; neuropsychic stress; drug dependence; noise; anaesthetics; cytostatic drugs; shift work; fire, explosions; ethylene oxide; harmful substances; eczema; electrical accidents; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Alcohol and drug abuse
Health care services
Violence and terrorism