|Document ID (ISN)||78677|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
|Convention or series no.
||Scherrer Y., Boillat M.A.
||Are guards in the penitentiary system of the Canton of Vaud at risk of occupational exposure to blood-transmissible diseases?
||Les surveillants travaillant dans le système pénitentiaire vaudois sont-ils soumis à un risque d'exposition professionnelle à une maladie transmissible par le sang? [in French]|
||Apr. 2001, Vol.62, No.2, p.83-91. Illus. 26 ref.
||Prison staff is at risk of blood-transmissible diseases given the nature of the of inmate population they are confronted with, in particular in the course of searches, acts of violence and accidents. The objective of this study conducted in a Swiss canton was to characterize the real and perceived risk of occupational blood-transmissible diseases in this occupation. Hepatitis B (HB) was used as an indicator of blood transmissible diseases, and HB serology of all employees (n = 248) was determined. Furthermore, a questionnaire was addressed to all employees. 19% of the warders had been wounded during searches in cells and 8.2% when searching inmates. One third of the guards had been at least once in contact with the blood of a prisoner. However, no increases in the number of seroconversions were observed. Finally, risk perception remains intense, concerning 73% of the guards and 20% of the remaining staff.
||blood; infectious diseases; prison services; biological hazards; hazard evaluation
||subjective assessment; Switzerland; infectious hepatitis; immunodeficiency syndrome; violence; questionnaire survey; needle-stick injuries; medical examinations; exposure evaluation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Switzerland|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Viral diseases (other than aids)
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Violence and terrorism