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Occupational exposures to aerosolized pharmaceuticals and control strategies.

Authors
Decker-JA; Seitz-TA; Shults-RA; Deitchman-S; Tucker-SP; Belinky-BR; Clark-NJ
Source
Scand J Work, Environ & Health 1992 Jun; 18(Suppl 2):100-102
NIOSHTIC No.
00209458
Abstract
Occupational exposure of health care workers during the administration of aerosolized pharmaceutical agents to patients was investigated. Ribavirin (36791045) has been used to treat severe respiratory syncitial virus pneumonia in infants and children, while pentamidine-isethionate (140647) has been used for the prevention and treatment of Pneumocystis-carinii pneumonia in immunocompromised patients, including those with human immunodeficiency virus infection. Personal and area air monitoring for aerosolized ribavirin was conducted during administration by different administration methods. Both full shift and post shift urine samples were collected from the nursing staff. Ribavirin was detected in the urine of 11 of 17 workers. Personal and area samples were collected during the administration of pentamidine- isethionate. The effects of the use of different engineering control methods were compared. While the concentrations of aerosolized pentamidine-isethionate within the treatment chambers ranged from 63.5 to 122 micrograms/cubic meter, all of the personal samples were below the limit of quantitation. Particle size analysis indicated that the mass median aerodynamic diameter of the aerosolized pentamidine-isethionate was less than 1.5 micrograms which is in the respirable range. Health care workers with pentamidine-isethionate exposure often reported symptoms of mucosal or upper respiratory irritation.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Health-care-personnel; Nurses; Aerosol-particles; Occupational-exposure; Acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome; Viral-infections; Control-technology
CODEN
SWEHDO
CAS No.
36791-04-5; 140-64-7
Publication Date
19920601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0355-3140
Priority Area
Control-technology
Source Name
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
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