AIM: To show certain health effects associated with acute and chronic exposure to nitrous oxide of staff of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Clinical Hospital in Shtip. METHODS: A transversal study was conducted, that include 43 health workers (23 – exposed and 20 - unexposed). Personal exposure to nitrous oxide for this group members was assessed through continuous measurement over 8 hours shift within breathing zone of the subjects involved, using handheld electrochemical instrument with datalogging option direct. In order to determine presence of possible health effects associated with acute and chronic exposure to nitrous oxide in ORs and ICUs, a specially designed questionnaire was prepared and distributed to be anonymously filled out, by all the examinees from both examined groups. Data were statistically tested for normality and also quantitative and qualitative assessment was performed. RESULTS: From the results obtained, a significant difference in several health effects between exposed and unexposed groups can be noted, including headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, euphoria and tachycardia. Regarding the excitement, the appearance of depression, the feeling of numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, the differences between the two examined groups were not significant. CONCLUSION: It can be concluded that chronic exposure to nitrous oxide is associated with the adverse health effects.
Eftimova, B., Sholjakova, M., Mirakovski, D., & Hadzi-Nikolova, M. (2017). Health effects associated with exposure to anesthetic gas nitrous oxide-N2O in Clinical Hospital – Shtip personel. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, 5(6), 800–804. https://doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2017.185