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Health care workers and asthma: 'occupational asthma' is a risk for nurses.
Am J Nurs 2006 Apr; 106(4):96
Asthma can develop at any time during a person's life, even without a history of allergies or asthma; at least 15% of adult asthma cases may be work-related, according to the American Thoracic Society. But nurses and other health care workers don't expect to get sick from work and often don't make the connection between their work and their symptoms - nor do their primary care providers. Asthma among health care workers has not been well recognized, with the exception of latex-associated asthma. Nonetheless, occupational asthma should be suspected whenever a working adult is diagnosed.
Occupational-health; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Workers; Worker-health; Bronchial-asthma; Occupational-diseases; Diseases; Surveillance-programs; Sensitization; Cleaning-compounds; Ventilation-systems; Synthetics
M. S. Filios, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Surveillance Branch, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
Issue of Publication
The American Journal of Nursing
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division