Symptoms and lung function in health care personnel exposed to glutaraldehyde.

  title={Symptoms and lung function in health care personnel exposed to glutaraldehyde.},
  author={Andrew Waters and Jeremy Beach and Michael Abramson},
  journal={American journal of industrial medicine},
  volume={43 2},
BACKGROUND Glutaraldehyde is widely used as a disinfectant for endoscopic equipment. The aim of this study was to investigate work practices and glutaraldehyde exposure in relation to symptoms and lung function. METHODS A questionnaire was administered to 76 nurses. Exposed nurses (n = 38) also completed lung function tests and visual analogue scales before and after a work session in which glutaraldehyde exposure occurred. Disinfection activities were timed and counted, personal exposures… CONTINUE READING

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