BACKGROUND: Working in health care increases the probability that an impaired worker be hazardous for third persons. METHODS: A literature review concerning identification, intervention, and treatment of hazardous health care workers is here reported. RESULTS: Published reports of health care worker-to-patient transmission of bloodborne infections, and papers concerning the so-called "impaired physician", have been reviewed. DISCUSSION: According to European directives on workers' health and safety, the occupational health physician charged of medical surveillance of hospital workers is often mandated to manage impaired professionals. CONCLUSIONS: Strategies for early identification, treatment and rehabilitation of impaired physicians are reviewed and suggestions for preventive action are given.
|Translated title of the contribution||Identification and control of hazardous workers for others in health care|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health