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Document ID (ISN)22599
CIS number 75-485
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1974
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pattison C.P., Boyer K.M., Maynard J.E., Kelly P.C.
Title Epidemic hepatitis in a clinical laboratory.
Bibliographic information 11 Nov. 1974, Vol.230, No.6, p.854-857. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) laboratory work; hospitals; punched-card processing; infectious hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) viruses; contagion; serological reactions; skin microtrauma; epidemiologic study
Document type -
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Office work
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases