Health hazard evaluation report no. HETA-90-357-2201, Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In response to a request from Central Penn Anesthesiology, Ltd. (SIC- 8011) personnel working at the Polyclinic Medical Center (SIC-8062), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an evaluation was undertaken of complaints of severe headaches and rashes related to working in the Pain Clinic. The Pain Clinic at the Polyclinic Medical Center in Harrisburg had opened in December of 1989. The three rooms at the facility were occupied intermittently by anesthesiologists, nurses, secretaries, and patients. Workers reported severe headaches, nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, and urticarial rash. The heating, ventilating, and air conditioning system serving the Pain Clinic revealed no visual evidence of microbiological growth, maintenance deficiencies, or other apparent problems. Medical testing results did not indicate abnormalities which suggested an acute exposure to environmental toxicants that could cause these symptoms. The authors conclude that no chemical contaminants were found in concentrations which could account for the reported symptoms, and no specific environmental causes for the symptoms were identified. The authors recommend ventilation system improvements to improve the general quality of the indoor air.