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Are Operating Room Nurses at Higher Risk of Severe Persistent Asthma? The Nurses’ Health Study

Auteur Nicole Le Moual
Auteur Raphaëlle Varraso
Auteur Jan Paul Zock
Auteur Paul Henneberger
Auteur Frank E Speizer
Auteur Francine Kauffmann
Auteur Carlos A, Jr Camargo
Volume 55
Numéro 8
Pages 973-977
Publication Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Date Aug 2013
Résumé 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.

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