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

D. FitzSimons, G. François, G. De Carli, D. Shouval, A. Prüss-Üstün, V. Puro, I. Williams, D. Lavanchy, A. De Schryver, A. Kopka, F. Ncube, G. Ippolito, P. Van Damme

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-451
Number of pages6
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume65
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Environmental Science(all)

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