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Document ID (ISN)45955
CIS number 86-746
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1985
Convention or series no.
Title Summary: Recommendation for preventing transmission of infection with HTLV-III/LAV in the workplace
Bibliographic information 6 Dec. 1985, Vol.254, No.21, p.3023-3026; 13 Dec. 1985, No.22, p.3162-3167. 26 ref.
Abstract This two-part recommendation was published as part of the Morbidity and Mortality Report of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (Georgia, USA). The recommendations deal with preventive measures against acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the workplace. The primary group at risk is that of health workers, and the preventive measures similar to those employed against hepatitis B infection (careful handling of sharp objects likely to be contaminated, wearing of gloves and other protective equipment when the possibility of exposure to blood and other body fluids exists, minimising the need for emergency mouth-to-mouth resuscitation). Particular problems discussed: precautions for health care workers involved in home care, precautions during emergency health care, management of parenteral and mucous membrane exposure, serologic testing of patients, precautions against transmission of virus from health care workers to patients, appropriate sterilisation measures. There are also comments on possible dangers to other workers (personal services - hairdressers, cosmetologists etc; food service workers). No known risk of AIDS infection exists in other work settings, and fear of working with people infected by the virus is unwarranted.
Descriptors (primary) immunodeficiency syndrome; health services; infection control
Descriptors (secondary) disinfection of equipment; USA; infectious hepatitis; mucous membranes; directive; hairdressing; contamination; medical prevention; personal protective equipment
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) HIV/AIDS
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)