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Document ID (ISN)56177
CIS number 91-1363
ISSN - Serial title 0140-6736 - Lancet
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Title Occupational infection among anaesthetists
Bibliographic information 3 Nov. 1990, Vol.336, No.8723, p.1103. 17 ref.
Abstract Short review of the risks for anaesthetists of exposure to blood and body fluids carrying infectious organisms, in particular hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The fact that anaesthetists have more HBV markers than the general population suggests that occupational infection does occur. Immunisation against hepatitis B gives a high level of protection. Although there have been no fully documented cases of accidental HIV infection among anaesthetists, such incidents have been reported in other health care workers. There is no protective vaccine against HIV and the wearing of gloves is advised as a minimum protective measure.
Descriptors (primary) viruses; contagion; infectious diseases; biological hazards; immunodeficiency syndrome; health care personnel; infectious hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) immunization; infection control
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Biological hazards
Viral diseases (other than aids)