Hospital-based bloodborne infections are generally limited to viruses; hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and the human immunodeficiency virus. The risk of infection by an infected patient to the health care worker is substantial. All preventable actions should be taken, including 3 injections of vaccine for hepatitis B, serological confirmation of protection, and further treatment if necessary. Since no preventable risk to a patient is acceptable, policies need to be set on the fitness-for-work of the infected surgeon. This article reviews the risks of bloodborne infections and preventive measures.
|Pages (from-to)||977-982, 990|
|State||Published - Oct 2001|