Medicinski pregled 2007 Volume 60, Issue 7-8, Pages: 387-390
doi:10.2298/MPNS0708387D
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Ambient air quality and the frequency of physician visits by preschool children

Durmišević Smajil, Durmišević-Serdarević Jasminka

Introduction. Ambient air pollution in the town of Kakanj, mostly of industrial origin, has become a major reason for increased use of health care services by children under the age of six years. The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between ambient concentrations of sulphur dioxide (SO2), suspended particles and nitrogenoxides (NOx), and the frequency/number of visits to health care institutions by children under the age of six years. Material and methods. The investigation was carried out in the period from January to December 2003, in the area of Kakanj and Brnjic. We examined the average number of monthly visits to health care institutions and concentrations of sulphur dioxide, suspended particles and nitrogen oxides in the town of Kakanj. Results. The investigation shows that there is a linear increase of visits to health care institutions in relation to linear increase of concetrations of sulphur dioxide, suspended particles and nitrogen oxides (O

Keywords: child, preschool, air pollution, air pollutants, environmental, office visits

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