Operating theatre chemicals 'may increase COPD risk'

A study of female nurses flags toxicity with long-term exposure

Female nurses working in operating theatres for 15 years or longer may have an increased risk of developing COPD, a study suggests. 

Nurse in operating theatre

Health workers in theatre may regularly inhale several different potentially toxic chemicals, including from surgical smoke and disinfectants, researchers note in JAMA Network Open.

Dr Andrew Stokes, of Boston University school of public health, US, and colleagues, have evaluated the incidence of self-reported, physician