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Document ID (ISN)78046
CIS number 02-326
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vyas A., Pickering C.A.C., Oldham L.A., Francis H.C., Fletcher A.M., Merrett T., McL Niven R.
Title Survey of symptoms, respiratory function, and immunology and their relation to glutaraldehyde and other occupational exposures among endoscopy nursing staff
Bibliographic information Nov. 2000, Vol.57, No.11, p.752-759. 47 ref.
Abstract 348 current endoscopy nurses from 59 endoscopy units within the United Kingdom and 18 ex-employees (who had left their job for health reasons) were surveyed. Symptom questionnaires, end of session spirometry, peak flow diaries, skin prick tests to latex and common aeroallergens, and measurements of total immunoglobulin E (IgE) and IgE specific to glutaraldehyde (GA) and latex were performed. Exposure measurements included personal airborne biocide sampling for peak (during biocide changeover) and background (endoscopy room, excluding biocide changeover) concentrations. A significant level of symptoms were reported in the absence of objective evidence of the physiological changes associated with asthma. Ex-employees and current workers with work-related symptoms warrant further study to elucidate the cause and mechanisms for their symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) glutaraldehyde; symptoms; nursing personnel; pulmonary function; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; biocides; latex; maximal expiratory flow; endoscopy; questionnaire survey; skin tests; spirometry; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services