|Incorporating Environmental Health into
Nursing Practice: A Case Study on Indoor
More than one-quarter of the global disease burden is attributable to environmental
exposures, with children bearing a disproportionate amount of risk.
Physiologically and behaviorally, children have unique characteristics that make
them vulnerable to environmental contaminants. In particular, indoor environmental
exposures, such as carbon monoxide, mold, and radon, have an impact
on children's health and well being. A case study based on the experiences of
nurses wo rking on the Environmental Risk Reduction through Nursing
Intervention and Education study is presented to illustrate multiple exposures
children may face in the home environment and the role nurses play in prevention
and response. Nurses can improve children's environmental health by providing
risk assessments, environmental health education, and referrals to community
health nurses and environmental health specialists. Resources on indoor
air quality and maintaining a healthy home are provided.