|Document ID (ISN)||62221|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
|Convention or series no.
||Ganière-Monteil C., Pineau A., Souron R., Boiteau H.L.
||Halothane and enflurane in operating rooms: Exposure and preventive safety measures
||Halothane et enflurane dans les blocs opératoires: exposition et prévention [in French]|
||1993, Vol.54, No.7, p.563-568. Illus. 13 ref.
||The risk of intoxication due to the exposure of medical staff to volatile anaesthetics in operating blocks is still little known. Some studies show chromosomal aberrations in exposed staff, leading to a significantly increased risk of spontaneous abortion, while other studies conclude that there is no risk. Clearly there is a need for close monitoring of exposed staff. Measurements of levels of exposure were carried out in two operating blocks in a French teaching hospital: one in ophthalmology and the other in oto-rhino-laryngology (ORL). Accurate interpretation of the results is difficult because of the variations in maximum exposure levels from one country to another, but the staff is exposed, on certain days, to quite high levels. Levels of exposure to halothane were classified according to the presence or absence of anti-pollution systems. The very much higher levels recorded in the latter case (average: 10.4ppm; n=20) compared with the former (average: 2.8ppm; n=25) demonstrate how essential it is to have anti-pollution systems for the protection of exposed staff.
||halothane; inhalation anaesthetics; hospitals; operating theatres; limitation of exposure; ethrane
||threshold limit values; toxicology; safety and health engineering; exposure; exhaust ventilation; exposure evaluation; determination in air; ventilation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||France|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services