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Document ID (ISN)66353
CIS number 96-1081
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Miller R.L.
Title Characteristics of blood-containing aerosols generated by common powered dental instruments
Bibliographic information July 1995, Vol.56, No.7, p.670-676. Illus. 26 ref.
Internet access 96-1081.pdf [in English]
Abstract Aerosols generated in the mouths of dental patients were simulated in the laboratory by applying powered dental instruments to whole blood. Rates of production, particle size distribution, persistence, and blood content of the aerosols were measured. All the recovered particles could contain the 0.042Ám hepatitis B virus and could be inhaled; many could be retained in the human respiratory system. Of the 0.06 to 2.5Ám particles, 15-83% passed through the filter media of nine makes of protective surgical masks used by dentists. Findings lend support to the hypothesis of an airborne route for the hepatitis B infections reported for dental professionals.
Descriptors (primary) blood; infectious diseases; dental services; exposure evaluation; aerosols
Descriptors (secondary) simulation facilities; particle size; respirable dust; infectious hepatitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Exposure evaluation
Bacterial and parasitic diseases