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Preliminary srvey report: control technology for ethylene oxide sterilization in hospitals at Community MedCenter Hospital, Marion, Ohio.

Authors
Kercher-SL
Source
NIOSH 1984 Dec; :1-12
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00236848
Abstract
An on site study was made at the Community MedCenter Hospital (SIC- 8062) in Marion, Ohio, as part of an effort to evaluate and document effective engineering controls for ethylene-oxide (75218) (EtO) which some hospitals have implemented. The Supply, Processing, and Distribution (SPD) unit employed six persons and was responsible for EtO sterilization for surgery, obstetrics, anesthesiology, the catheterization laboratory, X-ray, and emergency. The study results indicated that the SPD was working to provide good controls for minimizing employee exposure to EtO. These controls included isolation of the sterilizer and general dilution ventilation. Workers were provided a level of protection against exposure to EtO which was, at the moment, acceptable. Work practices for employees were outlined in a procedure and policy manual. However, there was a possible need to improve communication of work practices, particularly for part time workers or substitute employees. The authors recommend that environmental monitoring should be continued and personal sampling done on an individual basis. Local exhaust ventilation above the sterilizer door and at the evacuation drain should be added.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-5; Control-technology; Health-care-personnel; Laboratory-workers; Hospital-equipment
CAS No.
75-21-8
Publication Date
19841201
Document Type
Control Technology; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-221331
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
CT-146-12a
NIOSH Division
DPSE
Priority Area
Control-technology
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
Engineering Control Technology Branch, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. CT-146-12a, 12 pages
State
OH
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