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Cleaning Products Up Nurses' Asthma Risk


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Frequent exposure to hospital cleaning products and disinfectants greatly increases nurses' risk of asthma, according to a U.S. study that included 3,650 Texan health care professionals, including 941 nurses.

The researchers found that nurses regularly exposed to cleaning products and disinfectants were 72 percent more likely than other health care colleagues to report being diagnosed with asthma since starting their job, and 57 percent more likely to report symptoms similar to asthma.

Nurses who regularly cleaned medical instruments were 67 percent more likely to have newly diagnosed asthma, and those working with solvents and glues used in patient care were 51 percent more likely to report symptoms similar to asthma. Nurses who used powdered latex gloves before the year 2000 were 6 percent more likely to have newly diagnosed asthma.

The findings were published online in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Boy, this is right up my ally. I started a new job in August. I have now had 3 asthma asttacks since working here due to cleaning supplies or perfume. Administration, thankfully, backed me up and has posted signs that no perfumes are to be used and all cleaning supplies are cleared through my "nose". LOL. I am a severe asthmatic who did not get it because of hospitals but have had attacks because of cleaning supplies and air freshners. Candles are also a problem for me. When I went to the National Jewish Research Center in Denver, Colorado you see signs all over the place that prohibits scents of any kind from perfumes, cleaning supplies and even hair sprays.

Thank you for the article. :yeah:

I wear gloves but if I rip out the cleaning wipes we have in the hospital and they touch my arm I break out in hives even if I rinse it right away!

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