HEALTH MATTERS: Do you have sick building syndrome?
Gwendolyn Edwards RN, MSN

August 2008 
Volume 38  Number 8
Pages 58 - 59
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Edwards, Gwendolyn RN, MSN

Issue: Volume 38(8), August 2008, p 58–59 Publication Type: [Department: … & more: HEALTH MATTERS] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Gwendolyn Edwards is a nurse in women's services at Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover, Del.

IF YOU HAVE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS at work that clear up soon after you leave, you may literally be allergic to your work environment. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is defined as acute sickness or discomfort that appears to be linked to time spent in a building. Typically, staff and patients report similar symptoms. 1

In this article, I'll discuss SBS as it pertains to health care facilities and provide steps you can take to avoid or alleviate problems.

It's in the air

Signs and symptoms of SBS include:

* headaches * dry or itchy skin * dizziness and ...

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