Indoor Air Quality: Part 1 - What It Is

Ann Pike-Paris


Pediatr Nurs. 2004;30(5) 

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Case Study Postscript

Bill A. incurred a low level exposure to formalin in an inadequately ventilated science lab. Symptoms persisted several hours. Upon investigation with the school, all dissections were ceased until the completion of a new lab and installation of fans to provide better ventilation. Names of laboratory suppliers who do not use formalin as a preservative were found. Educating teachers and staff as to their health risks, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards, and how to protect their students was incorporated into the nurse's intervention.

The school nurse urged the family to have their home checked for elevated CO levels. A gas and electric employee verified levels were very high and repairs were made to the heating system. The nurse's recognition of the symptoms was critical to the resolution of this family's health problems.

The Environmental Health Hot Topics column focuses on issues, information, and practical guidelines related to environmental health problems, including sources of toxicants and resources for nurses to prevent, minimize, or treat adverse environmental exposures particularly as they relate to children. To suggest topics, obtain author guidelines, or to submit queries or manuscripts, contact Ann Pike-Paris, MS, RN, Section Editor; Pediatric Nursing, East Holly Avenue Box 56; Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; (856) 256-2300 or FAX (856) 256-2345.


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