Evaluation of bloodborne pathogen exposures at an urban hospital

Source: Sharon L. Karmon, Sapna A. Mehta, Alison Brehm, Jeanne Dzurenko, Michael Phillips, American Journal of Infection Control, available online 16 July 2012
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Health care workers (HCWs) are at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus. Although several studies have attempted to describe this risk, those studies relied primarily on incident reports and employee health records, which are known to miss unreported exposures and to contain limited data. We conducted a survey of our nursing staff to better assess the incidence and causes of blood and body fluid exposures, rates of follow-up according to institutional protocol, and perceived barriers to follow-up.

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