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Are operating room nurses at higher risk of severe persistent asthma? The Nurses' Health Study.

Authors
Le Moual-N; Varraso-R; Zock-JP; Henneberger-P; Speizer-FE; Kauffmann-F; Camargo-CA Jr.
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Aug; 55(8):973-977
NIOSHTIC No.
20043064
Abstract
Objective: To assess the associations between operating room (OR) nursing, a category of health care workers at high risk of exposure to various inhaled agents, and asthma severity/control among women with asthma. Methods: The level of severity/control in nurses with prevalent doctor-diagnosed asthma in 1998/2000 was compared, using nominal logistic regression, in OR nursing (n = 69) and administrative nursing (n = 546) from the US Nurses' Health Study for whom detailed information on asthma and nursing employment status was available. Results: We observed a significant association between OR nursing, compared with administrative nursing, and severe persistent asthma (adjusted odds ratio, 2.48; 95% confidence interval, 1.06 to 5.77). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that nurses working in the OR are at a higher risk of severe persistent asthma. Further studies with detailed estimates of occupational exposures, especially to disinfectant/cleaning agents, are warranted.
Keywords
Nurses; Operating-rooms; Inhalants; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Respiration; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-infections; Respiratory-system-disorders; Infectious-diseases; Radiation; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-levels; Anesthetics; Gases; Disinfectants; Cleaning-compounds
Contact
Nicole Le Moual, PhD, Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology Team, Inserm, Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, U1018, 16, avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 94807 Villejuif Cedex, France
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20130801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nicole.lemoual@inserm.fr
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M082013
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA; WV
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