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Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2005 Feb;18(104):236-40.

[Risk of the transmission of blood-borne viruses from infected medical personnel to patients].

[Article in Polish]

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Zaklad Higieny i Epidemiologii PAM w Szczecinie.


Patients can be infected with hepatitis B or C or HIV as a result of exposure to blood of infected health professionals, especially surgeons. This article reviews the literatureon single and multiple cases of such infections. Risk factors for exposure and for infection are summarised. The probability of infection after a single exposure is reviewed. Standard recommendations for prevention on infection from health controversy and this also considered. Experts and regulatory bodies in Poland need to take decisions and prepare written policies on how best to prevent transfer of blood borne viruses from health care workers to patients.

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