Title
Protection of health care workers against bloodborne infections in emergency departments Protection of health care workers against bloodborne infections in emergency departments
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
European journal of emergency medicine. - London
Volume/pages
1(1994) :1 , p. 42-46
ISSN
0969-9546
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
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.
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