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Health hazard evaluation report no. HETA-90-357-2201, Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Authors
Blade-LM; Deitchman-S
Source
NIOSH 1992 Apr; :1-29
NIOSHTIC No.
00208280
Abstract
In response to a request from Central Penn Anesthesiology, Ltd. (SIC- 8011) personnel working at the Polyclinic Medical Center (SIC-8062), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an evaluation was undertaken of complaints of severe headaches and rashes related to working in the Pain Clinic. The Pain Clinic at the Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg had opened in December of 1989. The three rooms at the facility were occupied intermittently by anesthesiologists, nurses, secretaries, and patients. Workers reported severe headaches, nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, and urticarial rash. The heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system serving the Pain Clinic revealed no visual evidence of microbiological growth, maintenance deficiencies, or other apparent problems. Medical testing results did not indicate abnormalities which suggested an acute exposure to environmental toxicants that could cause these symptoms. The authors conclude that no chemical contaminants were found in concentrations which could account for the reported symptoms, and no specific environmental causes for the symptoms were identified. The authors recommend ventilation system improvements to improve the general quality of the indoor air.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-357-2201; Region-3; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Health-care-personnel; Indoor-air-pollution; Anesthetics; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-environmental-quality
Publication Date
19920401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-219815
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-90-357-2201
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8011; 8062
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
PA; OH
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