Asthma risk of nurses exposed to cleaning products

Nurses regularly exposed to general cleaning products and disinfectants are 72% more likely to have been newly diagnosed with asthma, a report says.

Photograph: iStockphoto
Photograph: iStockphoto

Those who regularly clean instruments are 67% more likely to report a diagnosis of asthma since starting their job.

The researchers base their findings on a representative sample of 3,650 healthcare professionals, including 94 nurses, in Texas, USA.

The University of North Carolina authors suggest: ‘Substituting cleaning agents with environmentally friendly ‘green chemicals’ and using appropriate personal care protection could help minimise occupational exposures in this professional group.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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