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[Health hazards in hospital personnel related to use of ethylene oxide in sterilization processes].


PMID 9312659

Abstract

The author analysed hazardous effects of exposure to ethylene oxide among hospital personnel involved in sterilization of medical instruments and equipment. Toxicity of ethylene oxide was discussed, including its sensitizing, neurotoxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects as well as its influence on procreation. Hazardous effect of high, transient concentrations of ethylene oxide occurring in certain sterilization processes was highlighted. Preventive methods for reducing exposure to ethylene oxide hospitals were proposed.