Abstract 15463: Occupational Health Hazards of Working in the Interventional Laboratory: A Large Case-Control Study
Introduction: An increase in PCI volumes, complexity, and procedure times has led to both an increase in physical stresses related to wearing protective lead aprons and operator radiation exposure. The effects of such occupational hazards remain poorly understood as available studies have limitations such as poor survey response rates, lack of age-matched controls, and subjective pain assessment.
Methods: We surveyed 1541 Mayo Foundation employees within the departments of cardiology and radiology (1042 without and 499 with radiation exposure) for pain, cancer, thyroid disease, cataract, and nephrolithiasis and stratified them based on their exposure to radiation. Multiple logistic regression was used to estimate adjusted associations between radiation exposure and endpoints.
Results: The response rate was 57%. The average age was 43 years; 33% were male. The associations between pain and medical diagnoses with radiation exposure are summarized in the Table.
Conclusions: In personnel exposed to radiation working in laboratories, there is a higher prevalence of musculoskeletal pain but the prevalence of cancer, cataract, thyroid problems and nephrolithiasis are similar. There was a trend towards a higher incidence of composite endpoints. Larger studies are needed to confirm this association.
Author Disclosures: N.M. Orme: None. C.S. Rihal: None. D.R. Holmes: None. R.J. Lennon: None. B.R. Lewis: None. K.R. Thielen: None. I.R. McPhail: None. S.V. Pislaru: None. G.S. Sandhu: None. S. Mandeep: None.
- © 2014 by American Heart Association, Inc.