|Document ID (ISN)||104875|
|Convention or series no.
||Is AIDS still a topical issue in occupational medicine?
||AIDS - immer noch ein Thema fŘr Arbeitsmedizin? [in German]|
||Paper presented at the 17th Freiburg Symposium, "Occupational Medicine in the Health Services", 10-12 September 2003.
||Infection with HIV/AIDS is an important occupational health issue in health care establishments. According to estimations, there will be some 500,000 puncture injuries per year potentially leading to infection with HIV or hepatitis B or C. To reduce the number of these injuries, the following measures are necessary: provision of special containers for hazardous waste; use of fewer dangerous instruments; procedures for the declaration of accidents involving exposure to blood and the offer of post-exposure prophylaxis; reduction of work rates; and examination of workstation ergonomics. It is also necessary to make health service managers aware of the importance of workers' health requirements so that these workers will in turn adopt appropriate behaviours with respect to safety and health.
||immunodeficiency syndrome; health care personnel; infection control
||infectious hepatitis; role of management; needle-stick injuries
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Medicine, hygiene and first aid
|Broad subject area(s)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)