OR Nurses, Exposed to Workplace Irritants, at Greater Risk for COPD

OR Nurses, Exposed to Workplace Irritants, at Greater Risk for COPD

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OR Nurses, Exposed to Workplace Irritants, at Greater Risk for COPD

Female nurses who worked in operating rooms (ORs) for 15 years or more are up to 69% more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than those who never served in an OR, according to a large-scale study from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). Causing that increased risk, the study found, was exposure in the OR to inhaled workplace irritants such as disinfectants and surgical smoke. “Our results, based on data…

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