The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Con: Aerosol Therapy is an Occupational Hazard for RTs

Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

For many years, there has been concern regarding exposure to health care providers of aerosolized drugs. Of greater concern than exposure to aerosolized drugs is exposure to microorganisms. If appropriate workplace controls are followed, there is minimal occupational hazard for respiratory therapists from administering aerosol therapy.
Objectives
1. Discuss the risk for exposure of respiratory therapists during aerosol therapy
2. Describe the role of workplace controls in limiting exposure during aerosol therapy
Outline
A. Concern about caregiver exposure to aerosols
1 Pentamidine
2 Ribavirin
3 Antibiotics
4 Bronchodilators
B. Workplace controls

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