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Document ID (ISN)108629
CIS number 08-1213
Year 2009
Convention or series no. SUVA 2869/30
Author(s) Jost M., Francioli P., Iten A., Jost J., Colombo C., Cartier B., Rüegger M., Gutzwiller A.
Title Prevention of blood-borne infections in the health care sector
Original title Verhütung blutübertragbarer Infektionen im Gesundheitswesen [in German]
Prevenzione delle malattie infettive trasmesse per via ematica in ambito sanitario [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Suva, Gesundheitsschutz, Postfach, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland, 14th updated edition, 2009. 105p. Illus. 106 ref.
Internet access [in French] [in Italian] [in German]
Abstract In the course of their activities, health care workers are exposed not only to chemical or physical hazards, but also to various infectious agents. Besides the prevention against certain occupational transmissible viral diseases such as German measles or chickenpox in paediatric services and tuberculosis, which is resurgent due to the emergence of multi-resistant mycobacteria, the prevention of bloodborne infections such as the human immunodeficiency virus or the hepatitis B and C viruses are the object of much attention. Employers and health care personnel need to undertake every effort to reduce these types of hazards. Contents of this booklet on the prevention of blood-borne infections aimed at health care workers: risk to health care personnel of being infected by a bloodborne pathogen; technical, organizational and personal measures; additional recommendations for certain specific workplaces; primary prevention at the occupational physician level, and vaccination of staff against hepatitis B; secondary prevention and occupational medicine; disposal of potentially-infectious material; insurance law aspects. Update of CIS 98-975.
Descriptors (primary) blood; Switzerland; virus diseases; industrial nurses; health care personnel; occupational medicine; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) protective gloves; disposal of harmful waste; hepatitis; immunodeficiency syndrome; replaced; exposure evaluation; needle-stick injuries; biological hazards; vaccination; infection control
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases