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HHE report no. HETA-96-0207-2635, Santa Fe Indian Hospital Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Authors
Malkin-R; McCammon-C
Source
NIOSH 1997 Apr; :1-14
NIOSHTIC No.
00238622
Abstract
In response to a request from the Santa Fe Service Unit Director of the Indian Health Service, an investigation was begun into environmental air quality at the Santa Fe Indian Hospital (SIC- 8062), Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Hospital was an 82,000 square foot facility employing 230 staff. The entire main hospital was evaluated. Concern had been expressed over symptoms reported by employees, predominately nurses, including headache, nasal congestion, cough, sneezing, irritated eyes, and fatigue. The walk through tour revealed many modifications made to the interior of the hospital, but the ventilation system was not updated. The modifications resulted in areas with inadequate air distribution. Measurements of carbon-dioxide (124389) remained in the 300 to 575 parts per million (ppm) range and were within guidelines. Temperatures were above the maximal limits. Interviews were conducted with 107 workers and questionnaires were returned by 103. The most commonly reported symptoms on the questionnaires included dry, itching, or irritated eyes (32%), tired or strained eyes (28%), and dry throat (18%). Forty four respondents reported having one or more symptoms one or more days a week in the preceding 4 weeks. The authors conclude that, while no specific source of the problems was identified, ventilation deficiencies were noted which should be improved.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-96-0207-2635; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-6; Health-care-personnel; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-air-pollution; Indoor-environmental-quality
CAS No.
124-38-9
Publication Date
19970401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
PB98-106198
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-96-0207-2635
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
8062
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-96-0207-2635, 14 pages, 37 references
State
ME; NM; OH
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