Deaths Due to Bloodborne Infections and Their Sequelae Among Health-Care Workers

Source: Sara E. Luckhaupt and Geoffrey M. Calvert, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Volume 51 Issue 11, November 2008
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From a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation summary:
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that health care workers are more likely to die from bloodborne infections and related illnesses than people working in other occupations, suggesting a need for efforts to prevent needlesticks and train health care workers in infection prevention, Reuters reports. For the study, which is published in the November issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed data from the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance system between 1984 and 2004 on 248,550 deaths from HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The researchers also reviewed data on liver cancer and cirrhosis, both of which can be consequences of viral hepatitis.

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