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Trace anesthetic effect on vigilance.
Bach-MJ; Arbit-J; Bruce-DL
Behavioral Toxicology: Early Detection of Occupational Hazards. Xintaras C, Johnson BL, De Groot I, eds., Washington, DC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, (NIOSH) 74-126, 1974 Jan; :41-50
Medical and dental students were exposed, on two occasions, to four hours of inhalation of either air or 500 ppm nitrous oxide and 15 ppm halothane in air. A battery of tests of perceptual cognitive and motor skills was administered to them immediately following each exposure period. There was a significant decrement in performance following anesthetic exposure in a test involving recognition of changes in auditory and visual signals, a tachistoscopic task, digit span, and memory passages. These findings may indicate a subtle but significant effect on the ability of anesthesiologists to be fully effective in providing vigilant care for their patients.
Sensory-perception; Psychological-effects; Health-care-workers; Nitrogen-oxides; Halogenated-hydrocarbons; Anesthetics
Xintaras-C; Johnson-BL; De Groot-I
Behavioral Toxicology: Early Detection of Occupational Hazards
Northwestern University Medical School
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