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Nurse exposure to cleaning products risks respiratory health, study finds

28 Oct 2019 7:25 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

A study has found that, between 2009 and 2015, exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants was associated with a 25-38% increased risk of developing COPD in nurses – independent of asthma and smoking.

The authors of the research, published in Journal of the American Medical Association, used data from an ongoing study of 116,429 registered nurses in the US dating back to 1989.

The researchers, based in France and the US, focused on the nurses who were still practising but had no reported respiratory issues in 2009, providing a total of 73,262 participants.


The cleaning products that posed a threat include glutaraldehyde, bleach, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol.

Lead study author Dr Orianne Dumas, from University de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, said: “We found that exposure to several chemicals were associated with increased risk of developing COPD among nurses.

Nurses are not full time cleaners, imagine the effects of chemicals on someone cleaning full time. -Matt

More at source: Nursing Times

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