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Document ID (ISN)108928
CIS number 08-1459
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) FitzSimons D., François G., De Carli G., Shouval D., Prüss-Üstün A., Puro V., Williams I., Lavanchy D., De Schryver A,, Kopka A., Ncube F., Ippolito G., Van Damme P.
Title Hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and other blood-borne pathogens in healthcare workers: Guidelines for prevention and management in industrialized countries
Bibliographic information July 2008, Vol.65, No.7, p.446-451. 29 ref.
Abstract The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) convened a meeting of international experts from the public and private sectors in order to review and evaluate the epidemiology of blood-borne infections in healthcare workers, to evaluate the transmission of hepatitis B and C viruses as an occupational risk, to discuss primary and secondary prevention measures and to review recommendations for infected healthcare workers. This meeting outlined a number of recommendations for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis, including the training of personnel, application of standard precautions and hepatitis B vaccination. Other topics addressed included ethical and legal issues, the assessment of risk and costs, and the role of the VHPB. Participants also identified a number of terms that need harmonisation or standardisation in order to facilitate communication between experts.
Descriptors (primary) contagion; infectious hepatitis; safe working methods; risk factors; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) blood; legal aspects; economic aspects; hazard evaluation; safety and health training; vaccination; conference; ethics; standardization
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium; Switzerland; United Kingdom; Israel; Italy; USA; WHO
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Liver diseases
Ethical issues
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)