Hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and other blood-borne infections in healthcare workers: guidelines for prevention and management in industrialised countries

FitzSimons, B.; François, G.; De Carli, G.; Shouval, D.; Prüss-Üstün, A.; Puro, V.; Williams, I.; Lavanchy, D.; De Schryver, A.; Kopka, A.; Ncube, F.; Lppolito, G.; P. Van Damme
July 2008
Occupational & Environmental Medicine;Jul2008, Vol. 65 Issue 7, p446
Academic Journal
The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) convened a meeting of international experts from the public and private sectors in order to review and evaluate the epidemiology of blood-borne infections in healthcare workers, to evaluate the transmission of hepatitis B and C viruses as an occupational risk, to discuss primary and secondary prevention measures and to review recommendations for infected healthcare workers and (para)- medical students. This VHPB meeting outlined a number of recommendations for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis in the following domains: application of standard precautions, panels for counselling infected healthcare workers and patients, hepatitis B vaccination, restrictions on the practice of exposure-prone procedures by infected healthcare workers, ethical and legal issues, assessment of risk and costs, priority setting by individual countries and the role of the VHPB. Participants also identified a number of terms that need harmonisation or standardisation in order to facilitate communication between experts.


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