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Health care workers and asthma: 'occupational asthma' is a risk for nurses.

Authors
Filios-MS; Pechter-E
Source
Am J Nurs 2006 Apr; 106(4):96
NIOSHTIC No.
20030040
Abstract
Asthma can develop at any time during a person's life, even without a history of allergies or asthma; at least 15% of adult asthma cases may be work-related, according to the American Thoracic Society. But nurses and other health care workers don't expect to get sick from work and often don't make the connection between their work and their symptoms - nor do their primary care providers. Asthma among health care workers has not been well recognized, with the exception of latex-associated asthma. Nonetheless, occupational asthma should be suspected whenever a working adult is diagnosed.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Workers; Worker-health; Bronchial-asthma; Occupational-diseases; Diseases; Surveillance-programs; Sensitization; Cleaning-compounds; Ventilation-systems; Synthetics
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Surveillance Branch, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CAS No.
111-30-8; 50-00-0
Publication Date
20060401
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0002-936X
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
The American Journal of Nursing
State
WV; MA
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