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Document ID (ISN)57261
CIS number 92-238
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Guirguis S.S., Pelmear P.L., Roy M.L., Wong L.
Title Health effects associated with exposure to anaesthetic gases in Ontario hospital personnel
Bibliographic information July 1990, Vol.47, No.7, p.490-497. 39 ref.
Abstract Retrospective study (by questionnaire) of 8032 personnel exposed to anaesthetic gases in operating and recovery rooms in Ontario hospitals, and of 2525 non-exposed hospital staff, for the period 1981-85. Logistic regression analysis, with age and smoking standardised, showed that women in the exposed group had significantly increased frequencies of spontaneous abortion and their children had significantly more congenital abnormalities (p<0.05). No chronic disease was significantly associated with the exposed group. These findings, together with similar ones from other studies, suggest that it is prudent to minimise exposure to waste anaesthetic gases.
Descriptors (primary) inhalation anaesthetics; operating theatres; health hazards; genetic effects; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) genetic abnormalities; Ontario; long-term study; questionnaire survey; abortion
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Antifertility and prenatal effects
Health care services
Genetic factors in reaction to exposures