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Document ID (ISN)104873
CIS number 06-450
ISSN - Serial title 0944-6052 - Arbeitsmedizin - Sozialmedizin - Umweltmedizin
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jarke J.
Title Health service personnel with chronic HBV, HCV and HIV infections - Guidelines for work versus exclusion from the profession
Original title Chronisch HBV-, HCV-, HIV-infiziertes Personal im Gesundheitsdienst - Regelungen zur BerufsausŘbung versus Berufsverbote [in German]
Bibliographic information 2004, No.8, p. 428-434. 12 ref.
Abstract Patients at health care centres should be effectively protected against viral infections (hepatitis, HIV) transmitted by infected health care personnel. While the occupational physician is responsible for health and safety at work rather than for protecting the patient, they must act with regard to the well-being of the patient. In Germany, no guidelines have been issued for the protection of patients which could serve as a guide to occupational physicians, infected health care workers and employers. Nevertheless, recommendations published by scientific institutions provide sufficient guidance for rational measures to be drawn up to allow infected workers to continue in their occupation and to enable employers to carry out their duties in accordance with labour laws. Unfortunately, those in charge often make decisions on an irrational or emotional basis, leading to discrimination and injustice for health care workers. It is argued that a legal directive is urgently needed.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; infectious hepatitis; health care personnel; infection control; immunodeficiency syndrome
Descriptors (secondary) comment on directive
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Liver diseases
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)