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Are operating room nurses at higher risk of severe persistent asthma? The Nurses' Health Study.
Le Moual-N; Varraso-R; Zock-JP; Henneberger-P; Speizer-FE; Kauffmann-F; Camargo-CA Jr.
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Aug; 55(8):973-977
Objective: To assess the associations between operating room (OR) nursing, a category of health care workers at high risk of exposure to various inhaled agents, and asthma severity/control among women with asthma. Methods: The level of severity/control in nurses with prevalent doctor-diagnosed asthma in 1998/2000 was compared, using nominal logistic regression, in OR nursing (n = 69) and administrative nursing (n = 546) from the US Nurses' Health Study for whom detailed information on asthma and nursing employment status was available. Results: We observed a significant association between OR nursing, compared with administrative nursing, and severe persistent asthma (adjusted odds ratio, 2.48; 95% confidence interval, 1.06 to 5.77). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that nurses working in the OR are at a higher risk of severe persistent asthma. Further studies with detailed estimates of occupational exposures, especially to disinfectant/cleaning agents, are warranted.
Nurses; Operating-rooms; Inhalants; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Respiration; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-infections; Respiratory-system-disorders; Infectious-diseases; Radiation; Radiation-exposure; Radiation-levels; Anesthetics; Gases; Disinfectants; Cleaning-compounds
Nicole Le Moual, PhD, Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology Team, Inserm, Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, U1018, 16, avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 94807 Villejuif Cedex, France
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division