Protection of health care workers against bloodborne infections in emergency departmentsProtection of health care workers against bloodborne infections in emergency departments
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Epidemiology and social medicine (ESOC)
European journal of emergency medicine. - London
1(1994):1, p. 42-46
University of Antwerp
Health care workers in emergency departments are at particular high risk for acquiring occupational bloodborne infections. Needle stick injuries are the main hazard. Systematic HIV testing of patients admitted to emergency department is not a cost beneficial way to protect health care workers from acquiring such infections. Prevention strategies should be based on the adherence to universal precautions, hepatitis B vaccination, the utilization of safer devices and the training/education of health care workers.