|Document ID (ISN)||22599|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
|Convention or series no.
||Pattison C.P., Boyer K.M., Maynard J.E., Kelly P.C.
||Epidemic hepatitis in a clinical laboratory.
||11 Nov. 1974, Vol.230, No.6, p.854-857. Illus. 12 ref.
||During a 6-month period an outbreak of hepatitis occurred in 5 employees concerned with blood-specimen control at a hospital clinical laboratory. The laboratory had recently adopted a computerised system for specimen collection and data dispersal, and a significant correlation was found between accidental cuts from computer cards and the development of clinical hepatitis. Because blood is frequently spilt on these computer cards, the authors speculate that the presumed increase in hepatitis and the growing use of computerised requisition systems in hospitals, the occupational hazard to medical, paramedical and dental personnel may increase at an alarming pace.
||laboratory work; hospitals; punched-card processing; infectious hepatitis
||viruses; contagion; serological reactions; skin microtrauma; epidemiologic study
|Broad subject area(s)
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases