Several studies have shown that occupational exposure to anesthetic gases might be higher during pediatric surgery, probably due to the increased use of inhalational induction techniques. Our study aims to assess the level of exposure to sevoflurane in two rooms of pediatric surgery, using multi-point sampling method for environmental monitoring. The gas concentrations as well as its dispersion were measured in strategic points in the rooms for a total of 44 surgical interventions. Although the average of these concentrations has been rather low (1.32, SD ± 1:55 ppm), the results obtained have documented a significant distribution kinetics difference inside the rooms as function of multiple factors among which there were the anesthetic technique used and the team involved. Therefore the method described allows to correctly analyze the spread of anesthetic gases and suggests a different risk stratification which may be dependent on the professional work.
|Translated title of the contribution||Occupational exposure to sevoflurane in pediatric operating rooms: The multi-point sampling method for risk assessment|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health