Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
PRAT MARIN, Andrés and SANZ GALLEN, Pedro. Toxicological aspects of the exposure to ethylene oxide. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1987, vol.21, n.6, pp.523-528. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101987000600009.
Some important aspects of the use of ethylene oxide as a sterilizing agent for medical instruments are reviewed in this paper. Toxic, mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic effects are the main risks described and emphasis it given to preventive mesures.
Keywords : Ethylene oxide [toxicity]; Esterilization; Risk.