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Report of the DSHEFS task force on hospital worker health.

Authors
Gun RT; Mullan RJ; Brown D; Clapp D; Dubrow R; Gordon J; Lipscomb J; Pedersen DH; Salg J; Schnorr T
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1985 Dec; :1-85
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00165810
Abstract
The Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies (DSHEFS) Task Force on Hospital Worker Health was established to identify needed research and establish priorities in the area of hospital employee health concerns. The literature was reviewed, and work in progress was examined to determine which exposures represent potential hazards to hospital workers. Surveillance systems for morbidity, mortality, reproductive effects, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and exposure were reviewed. Recommendations of the task force include the following: acquire information on exposure of hospital workers to chemicals, biological and physical hazards; determine if hospital workers are at increased risk of developing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and develop a standard code of practice for caring for AIDS patients; establish a cohort of all hospital workers; perform a general morbidity study; carry out biological monitoring and medical screening programs continuously; investigate health effects from exposure to combinations of agents; and explore the possibility of an increased risk for diabetes-mellitus among some hospital workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Medical-personnel; Medical-facilities; Nurses; Physicians; Cancer-rates; Stress; Anesthetics; Carcinogens; Mutagens
Publication Date
19851201
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
PB87-163549
NTIS Price
A06
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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