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Notes from the Field: Respiratory Symptoms and Skin Irritation Among Hospital Workers Using a New Disinfection Product – Pennsylvania, 2015

Auteur        Brie Hawley
Auteur        Megan L. Casey
Auteur        Jean M. Cox-Ganser
Auteur        Nicole Edwards
Auteur        Kathleen B. Fedan
Auteur        Kristin J. Cummings
Volume        65
Numéro        15
Pages        400-401
Publication        MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report
ISSN        1545-861X
Date        2016
Résumé        In March 2014, a new disinfection product, consisting of hydrogen peroxide, peroxyacetic acid, and acetic acid, was introduced at a Pennsylvania hospital to aid in the control of health care-associated infections. The product is an Environmental Protection Agency-registered non-bleach sporicide advertised as a one-step cleaner, disinfectant, and deodorizer. According to the manufacturer’s safety data sheet, the product requires no personal protective equipment when it is diluted with water by an automated dispenser before use. On January 30, 2015, CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH) received a confidential employee request to conduct a health hazard evaluation at the hospital. The request cited concerns about exposure of hospital environmental services staff members to the product and reported symptoms among persons who had used the product that included eye and nasal problems, asthma-like symptoms, shortness of breath, skin problems, wheeze, chest tightness, and cough.

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