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Nosocomial poisoning associated with emergency department treatment of organophosphate toxicity Georgia 2000.
Geller-RJ; Singleton-KL; Tarantino-ML; Drenzek-CL; Toomey-KE
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2001 Feb; 285(5):527-528
Emergency department (ED) staff caring for patients contaminated with toxic chemicals are at risk for developing toxicity from secondary contamination. This report describes three cases of occupational illnesses associated with organophosphate toxicity caused by exposure to a contaminated patient and underscores the importance of using personal protection equipment (PPE) and establishing and following decontamination procedures in EDs and other areas of acute care hospitals.
Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Protective-measures; Protective-clothing; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Organo-phosphorus-compounds
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Association
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division