Vieira Luckwü, Ágabo Daniel Godofredo; da Silva, Edjane Lima; de Araújo, Ednaldo Cavalcante
January 2010
Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista de Enfermagem UFPE;1/1/2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p255
Academic Journal
Objective: to analyze the chemical hazards to which health professionals are exposed to, investigating factors that exposure to chemicals used in the process of cleaning and disinfecting in the purge of the Center for Sterilization (CS) of the Clinics' Hospital from Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife-PE. Methods: this is about an exploratory and descriptive study, from quantitative approach, carried out with professionals working in the purge of the CS, with a questionnaire used from September to October 2009 whose data were processed using Epi-Info version 3.5.1, presented in tables and analyzed using descriptive statistics. This study was approved by Research Ethics Committee from UFPE (register number 253/09). Results: it was observed that 88.0% of the professionals had manipulated from 1 to 3 chemicals in the work day, 64.0% disregarded the instructions of the manufacturer, 88.0% did not stocked properly the products according to NR-32, 100 % did not used all PPE recommended to purge. Conclusion: health professionals working in the purge of CS are exposed to several risk factors chemicals. Thus, it's necessary to monitor and continually educate all professionals who deal with chemicals, especially those working in a closed environment and critical.


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