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Title: Respiratory symptoms caused by the use of electrocautery in physicans being trained in surgery in a Mexican hospital [Síntomas respiratorios causados por el uso del electrocauterio en médicos en formación quirúrgica de un hospital de México]
Author: Navarro-Meza, M.C.
Gonzalez-Baltazar, R.
Aldrete-Rodriguez, M.G.
Carmona-Navarro, D.E.
Lopez-Cardona, M.G.
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: In order to determine the frequency of respiratory symptoms among residents from surgical specialties dures exposed to the electrocautery smoke, a cross-sectional study was conducted in February 2012. 50 third-year residents from different surgical specialties coming from a third-level hospital belonging to the Institute of Security and Social Services of the State Workers in Jalisco, Mexico, were included. The subject selection was non-probabilistic. A questionnaire on respiratory symptoms developed in Cuba was used for data collection. The most common symptoms were sensation of a lump in the throat (58%), and a sore throat (22%). The specialty with the highest rate of exposure was neurosurgery (24.1 min/surgical procedure). All, the physicians from this specialty had respiratory symptoms. We conclude that the cauterization smoke may be considered a risk for developing respiratory symptoms among physicians with surgical specialties.
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