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J Clin Eng. 1995 Sep-Oct;20(5):401-6.

Airborne transmission of respiratory diseases.

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Park Place Medical Center, Port Arthur, TX, USA.


In surveys during the past decade, CEs and BMETs have reported an increasing frequency of respiratory illnesses they believed to be acquired as a result of their occupation. These illnesses varied from mild to severe in terms of long-term prognosis. With the increasing numbers of cases of drug-resistant organisms, respiratory infections are a growing concern for healthcare workers, employers, and government officials. Armed with a better knowledge base about symptoms, transmission and prevention, CEs and BMETs will be more aware of potential biohazardous situations and the necessary personal protective measures to be employed. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) have issued guidelines for preventing airborne transmission of infectious diseases. This paper addresses the respiratory illnesses reported by CEs and BMETs as occupational concerns, as well as briefly discussing potential epidemic pulmonary conditions.

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