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Drugs Prescribed for Patients Shouldn’t Be Taken by Caregivers!

Bob Demers, BS, RRT
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Affiliations: Palo Alto, CA
 ,  Mr. Demers is a Clinical Specialist, Respiratory Care Department, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Bob Demers, BS, RRT, Respiratory Care Department, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, 725 Welch Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304; e-mail: BobDemers@AOL.com



Chest. 2004;126(4):1012-1013. doi:10.1378/chest.126.4.1012
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Certain airborne agents have been unequivocally demonstrated to elicit lung disease, heart disease, and cancer in a dose-related fashion. The landmark studies of Auerbach and colleagues,1 published in this journal in 1976, forcefully demonstrated that cigarette smoke is a potent provocateur of coronary artery disease. The striking correlation between intimal thickening of the coronary arteries and cigarette consumption was compelling: “Advanced hyaline thickening was found in 90.7% of those smoking two or more packs per day, in 48.4% of those smoking less than one pack per day, and not in any of those who never smoked regularly.”1 Similarly, the risk of contracting lung disease (pulmonary asbestosis) and cancer (mesothelioma) is known to be directly related to cumulative exposure to airborne asbestos particles.

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