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Toxicological aspects of increased use of surface and hand disinfectants in Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a preliminary report


Babić, Željka; Turk, Rajka; Macan, Jelena
Toxicological aspects of increased use of surface and hand disinfectants in Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a preliminary report // Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju, 71 (2020), 261-264 doi:10.2478/aiht-2020-71-3470 (međunarodna recenzija, kratko priopcenje, znanstveni)


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Naslov
Toxicological aspects of increased use of surface and hand disinfectants in Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a preliminary report

Autori
Babić, Željka ; Turk, Rajka ; Macan, Jelena

Izvornik
Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju (0004-1254) 71 (2020); 261-264

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, kratko priopcenje, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
corrosive injury ; ethanol ; hand sanitisers ; hypochlorite ; preschool children

Sažetak
All COVID-19 prevention strategies include regular use of surface disinfectants and hand sanitisers. As these measures took hold in Croatia, the Croatian Poison Control Centre started receiving phone calls from the general public and healthcare workers, which prompted us to investigate whether the risk of suspected/symptomatic poisonings with disinfectants and sanitisers really increased. To that end we compared their frequency and characteristics in the first half of 2019 and 2020. Cases of exposures to disinfectants doubled in the first half of 2020 (41 vs 21 cases in 2019), and exposure to sanitisers increased about nine times (46 vs 5 cases in 2019). In 2020, the most common ingredients of disinfectants and sanitisers involved in poisoning incidents were hypochlorite/glutaraldehyde, and ethanol/isopropyl alcohol, respectively. Exposures to disinfectants were recorded mostly in adults (56 %) as accidental (78 %) through ingestion or inhalation (86 %). Fortunately, most callers were asymptomatic (people called for advice because they were concerned), but nearly half reported mild gastrointestinal or respiratory irritation, and in one case severe symptoms were reported (gastrointestinal corrosive injury). Reports of exposure to hand sanitisers highlighted preschool children as the most vulnerable group. Accidental exposure through ingestion dominated, but, again, only mild symptoms (gastrointestinal or eye irritation) developed in one third of the cases. These preliminary findings, however limited, confirm that increased availability and use of disinfectants and sanitisers significantly increased the risk of poisoning, particularly in preschool children through accidental ingestion of hand sanitisers. We therefore believe that epidemiological recommendations for COVID-19 prevention should include warnings informing the general public of the risks of poisoning with surface and hand disinfectants in particular.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Javno zdravstvo i zdravstvena zaštita



POVEZANOST RADA


Ustanove
Institut za medicinska istraživanja i medicinu rada, Zagreb

Profili:

Avatar Url Jelena Macan (autor)

Avatar Url Rajka Turk (autor)

Avatar Url Željka Babić (autor)

Citiraj ovu publikaciju

Babić, Željka; Turk, Rajka; Macan, Jelena
Toxicological aspects of increased use of surface and hand disinfectants in Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a preliminary report // Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju, 71 (2020), 261-264 doi:10.2478/aiht-2020-71-3470 (međunarodna recenzija, kratko priopcenje, znanstveni)
Babić, Ž., Turk, R. & Macan, J. (2020) Toxicological aspects of increased use of surface and hand disinfectants in Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a preliminary report. Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju, 71, 261-264 doi:10.2478/aiht-2020-71-3470.
@article{article, year = {2020}, pages = {261-264}, DOI = {10.2478/aiht-2020-71-3470}, keywords = {corrosive injury, ethanol, hand sanitisers, hypochlorite, preschool children}, journal = {Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju}, doi = {10.2478/aiht-2020-71-3470}, volume = {71}, issn = {0004-1254}, title = {Toxicological aspects of increased use of surface and hand disinfectants in Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic: a preliminary report}, keyword = {corrosive injury, ethanol, hand sanitisers, hypochlorite, preschool children} }

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  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus
  • MEDLINE


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