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Occupational Exposure to Inhalation Anesthetics in the Veterinary Operating Room.

Authors
Whitcher-C; Hart-R
Source
NIOSH 1979 Oct:40 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00114080
Abstract
Concentrations of inhalation anesthetics in room air during anesthesia in a veterinary teaching hospital (SIC-0742) were studied with and without control measures. With the exception of the larger room and equipment used specifically for equine surgery, the operating rooms were similar in dimensions, air conditioning flow rates, and arrangements of patients, furniture, and personnel to those in human facilities. Without control measures, average concentrations of 200, 14, and 6.9 parts per million were measured for nitrogen-oxides, halothane (151677), and methoxyflurane (76380), respectively. With control measures, these concentrations were reduced to 14.0, 0.23, and 0.18ppm, respectively. The authors note that the dynamics of occupational exposure to anesthetics are similar in operating rooms whether for humans or animals. Control measures developed for use in human facilities should be equally as applicable in veterinary facilities. Standards should be equally applicable to veterinary and human practices.
Keywords
Drugs; Gases; Sedatives; IWS-39-7; Veterinarians; Health-care-facilities; Control-methods;
CAS No.
151-67-7; 76-38-0;
Publication Date
19791001
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
PB82-231358
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
IWS-39-7
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Source Name
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio (unpublished), 40 pages, 24 references
State
OH;
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