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An Investigation of Aircraft Worker Anemia: Medical Surveillance Interpretation in an Aging Workforce.
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PMID:  21494157     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVE:: To identify exposures possibly contributing to anemia cases among hexavalent chromium medical surveillance program enrollees. METHODS:: An investigation encompassed metals surveillance programs, extensive workplace sampling and remediation, consultation, evaluation of laboratory accuracy, and follow-up of anemic individuals. RESULTS:: Workers had underlying medical conditions that affected surveillance results. There was a systemic error in classification based on hematocrit value. The prevalence of anemia in a workforce averaging 52 years old was 16%. CONCLUSIONS:: Anemia may be more prevalent in middle-aged workers than expected. Modern laboratories generally report a calculated hematocrit value, and using hemoglobin for most classification purposes is preferred. Characteristics of a specific workforce, including age, health, hobbies, and diet, should be taken into account when interpreting medical surveillance program findings. The value of a team approach in addressing occupational health problems was demonstrated.
Authors:
John Muller; Karen Allstadt; Christopher Rennix; Lawrence Betts; Patricia Krevonick; Mark Hammett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1536-5948     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
From the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (Drs Muller, Rennix, and Hammett and Ms Krevonick), Portsmouth, Va; Occupational Medicine Clinic (Dr Allstadt), Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Fla; Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk and US Navy. Poquoson, Va (Dr Betts).
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