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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-364-2127, Humana Suburban Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 90-364-2127, 1991 Aug; :1-11
In response to a request from the employees at the Humana Suburban Hospital (SIC-8062), Louisville, Kentucky, an evaluation was undertaken of the incidence of Down Syndrome among the children of women working in the operating and recovery rooms, and possible exposures to waste anesthetics and to methyl-methacrylate (80626) used in a surgical cement. Two recovery room nurses reported having children with Down Syndrome. Interviews with operating room and recovery room nurses and hospital officials, and a review of the hospital birth records yielded no additional cases. Air sampling data indicated that exposures to anesthetic gases on the day of the survey were well within recommended limits. The authors conclude that there was no evidence of over exposure to anesthetic gases. Evidence is insufficient to conclude that the two cases of Down Syndrome are related to chemical exposures in the work place. While the survey found no evidence of over exposures to waste anesthetics or of adverse health effects, the authors recommend that the hospital continue the current practice of routine maintenance and testing.
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