Personal Formaldehyde Exposure Level In The Gross Anatomy Dissecting Room At College Of Medicine King Saud University Riyadh | 3175
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Introduction: This study was conducted to correlate the personal formaldehyde (FA) exposure levels of instructors and students
with the indoor FA concentrations in gross anatomy laboratory of college of Medicine at King Saud University. The personal FA
exposure levels of instructors and students are higher than the indoor FA concentration in the gross anatomy laboratory.
Materials and Methods: The gross anatomy laboratory at college of medicine, King Saud University Riyadh, was observed for
indoor FA concentration and the personal exposure levels of ten instructors and the twenty medical students during the 4th 10th
and 14th weeks of the dissection sessions. All air samples were collected by the diffusive sampling device and analyzed by using
high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
Results: The personal exposure level of FA was higher than the indoor concentration, and the personal exposure levels of
instructors were higher than that of the students. The concentration of FA was also higher in the center of the room than the
corners and near the doors.
Conclusion: Both the indoor FA concentrations and the degree of personal FA exposure levels are higher near the dissecting table
than at locations away from it during the gross anatomy laboratory sessions. Thus, the instructors and students are exposed to the
higher concentration of FA than the dissection class witnesses.
Dr. Saeed Vohra completed his MBBS from Karachi, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He did PhD from School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba Japan. Since 2003 he is working as Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
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