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Document ID (ISN)104875
CIS number 06-452
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gensch R.W
Title Is AIDS still a topical issue in occupational medicine?
Original title AIDS - immer noch ein Thema fŘr Arbeitsmedizin? [in German]
Bibliographic information Paper presented at the 17th Freiburg Symposium, "Occupational Medicine in the Health Services", 10-12 September 2003.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) immunodeficiency syndrome; health care personnel; infection control
Descriptors (secondary) infectious hepatitis; role of management; needle-stick injuries
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) HIV/AIDS
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)