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Work-related asthma symptoms correlate with enviromental measures in a healthcare facility.

Ganser-Cox-JM; Rao-CY; Kreiss-K
Indoor Air 2002 Jun; :91-96
In a healthcare facility with two hospitals (A and B), 6 non-latex asthma cases were diagnosed between 1998 and 2000 on hospital A's top floor, which had water incursions during this period. Hospital A had more work-related lower respiratory symptoms, with higher levels on the top floors. Univariate models showed positive associations between lower respiratory symptoms and a number of air, and chair and floor dust analytes including; endotoxin, ultrafine particles, culturable fungi, spore counts, EPS-Pen/Asp, fungal glucans, latex allergen, and cat allergen. In multiple regression models work-related asthma symptoms were associated with subjective assessment for signs of water incursion, ultrafme particles in air, culturable Penicillium/Aspergillus in chair dust, and EPS-Pen/Asp in floor dust. This study contributes to the growing knowledge base in the field of indoor environmental research by showing that there were relationships between work-related asthma symptoms and our indices of exposure to biologicals and particles.
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Fungi; Allergens; Water-analysis; Airborne-dusts; Airborne-fibers; Airborne-particles; Particulate-dust; Indoor-air-pollution; Respiratory-system-disorders; Environmental-factors; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; Endotoxins; Microorganisms; Indoor-environmental-quality; Nanotechnology
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Indoor Air 2002, Proceedings: 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Montery, California, June 30-July 5, 2002
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