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Request for Coverage: Toxic Chemicals Found in Doctors and Nurses

New Biomonitoring Study Detects Four Chemicals from EPA’s Recently Announced Top Priority List

October 5, 2009

Contact: Stephenie Hendricks 415 258-9151
Margie Kelly, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, 541-222-9699

Who: PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY in partnership with the American Nurses Association and Health Care Without Harm

What:  Teleconference to announce results of first-of-a-kind study to measure toxic chemicals used in health care in the bodies of Physicians and Nurses.  The study was conducted as part of the PSR Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care Project.  PSR and other health experts have joined the Safer Chemicals, Health Families campaign, a national effort to reform the nation’s chemical laws.

When:  Thursday, October 8 at 1 pm Eastern

Call in Number: 1-800-311-9402 Passcode: 63086

Facilitator: Bobbi Chase-Wilding, report co-author and Organizing Director of Clean New York


Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN RN Director of Environment and Health Programs, Physicians for Social Responsibility, report co-author and principal investigator

George Lundgren, MD, is a family practice physician who works in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a study participant.

Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, president of the American Nurses Association

Charlotte Brody, RN, Health Care Without Harm Board Member, registered nurse and National Field Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, working on federal toxic chemical regulatory reform.

Advance access to the Hazardous Chemicals in Healthcare report is available on an embargoed basis.  For a copy, please contact Stephenie Hendricks,, 415 258-9151.