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Occupational exposure to inhalation anesthetics in the veterinary operating room.
Whitcher C; Hart R
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, IWS 39-7, 1979 Oct; :1-40
Concentrations of inhalation anesthetics in room air during anesthesia in a veterinary teaching hospital (SIC-0742) were studied with and without control measures. With the exception of the larger room and equipment used specifically for equine surgery, the operating rooms were similar in dimensions, air conditioning flow rates, and arrangements of patients, furniture, and personnel to those in human facilities. Without control measures, average concentrations of 200, 14, and 6.9 parts per million were measured for nitrogen-oxides, halothane (151677), and methoxyflurane (76380), respectively. With control measures, these concentrations were reduced to 14.0, 0.23, and 0.18ppm, respectively. The authors note that the dynamics of occupational exposure to anesthetics are similar in operating rooms whether for humans or animals. Control measures developed for use in human facilities should be equally as applicable in veterinary facilities. Standards should be equally applicable to veterinary and human practices.
Drugs; Gases; Sedatives; Veterinarians; Health-care-facilities; Control-methods
Field Studies; Industry Wide
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