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Article: Medical examination and surveillance of compressed air workers in Hong Kong

TitleMedical examination and surveillance of compressed air workers in Hong Kong
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Issue Date1988
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Journal Of The Society Of Occupational Medicine, 1988, v. 38 n. 1-2, p. 9-12 How to Cite?
AbstractIn Hong Kong, the use of compressed air in the construction of underground tunnels for its Mass Transit Railway started in 1975 and ended in 1985. From 1982 to 1984, 1916 men had an initial medical examination before employment in compressed air work in one of the tunnelling projects. 367 men were declared unfit for employment resulting in an unfit rate of 19.2 per cent. The major disqualifying conditions were lung and cardiovascular diseases. Chest X-ray was found to be the most useful procedure since it revealed 55 per cent of the total disqualifying conditions. Of the 1549 men declared fit for employment, 130 (8.4 per cent) were later declared unfit to continue, mainly because of their susceptibility to attacks of bends. The overall bends rate was low (0.57 per cent) and only 3 cases of dysbaric osteonecrosis could be definitely attributed to the present employment. Our experience suggested that strict medical criteria for medical examination and surveillance was important in the prevention of decompression sickness and dysbaric osteonecrosis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/151466
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dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_US
dc.contributor.authorYau, KPen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-26T06:23:40Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-26T06:23:40Z-
dc.date.issued1988en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of The Society Of Occupational Medicine, 1988, v. 38 n. 1-2, p. 9-12en_US
dc.identifier.issn0301-0023en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/151466-
dc.description.abstractIn Hong Kong, the use of compressed air in the construction of underground tunnels for its Mass Transit Railway started in 1975 and ended in 1985. From 1982 to 1984, 1916 men had an initial medical examination before employment in compressed air work in one of the tunnelling projects. 367 men were declared unfit for employment resulting in an unfit rate of 19.2 per cent. The major disqualifying conditions were lung and cardiovascular diseases. Chest X-ray was found to be the most useful procedure since it revealed 55 per cent of the total disqualifying conditions. Of the 1549 men declared fit for employment, 130 (8.4 per cent) were later declared unfit to continue, mainly because of their susceptibility to attacks of bends. The overall bends rate was low (0.57 per cent) and only 3 cases of dysbaric osteonecrosis could be definitely attributed to the present employment. Our experience suggested that strict medical criteria for medical examination and surveillance was important in the prevention of decompression sickness and dysbaric osteonecrosis.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of the Society of Occupational Medicineen_US
dc.subject.meshAtmospheric Pressureen_US
dc.subject.meshDecompression Sickness - Prevention & Controlen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshOccupational Medicineen_US
dc.subject.meshOccupationsen_US
dc.subject.meshPhysical Examinationen_US
dc.subject.meshRailroadsen_US
dc.titleMedical examination and surveillance of compressed air workers in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLam, TH:hrmrlth@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.volume38en_US
dc.identifier.issue1-2en_US
dc.identifier.spage9en_US
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dc.identifier.isiWOS:A1988N177400002-
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridLam, TH=7202522876en_US
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridYau, KP=7101941411en_US

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