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NCJ Number: 121970 Find in a Library
Title: HIV Infection: Employee Education and Infection Control Measures
Journal: Canadian Journal of Public Health  Volume:80  Dated:(May/June 1989)  Pages:S31-S33
Author(s): A Beaufoy
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Providing hospital employees with current, factual information on a continual basis will keep them informed and allay their special concerns in caring for AIDS patients.
Abstract: National surveys continue to indicate that the sero-conversion rate among health care workers who have sustained an occupational exposure is less than one percent. The risk of acquiring HIV infection through an occupational exposure can be minimized further by adhering to well-established principles and being careful when doing any patient care procedures. A plan of action should include formal education of all employees, use of purchased or "in house" developed videos, and the institution of a centrally-located reference file containing pertinent information. Also, holding an open forum for employees and their family of origin and/or attachment should be considered, along with encouragement to attend local seminars and workshops. There should be professional assistance to aid in dealing with the emotional impact that may result from the increased incidence of morbidity and mortality in hospitals. Written procedures, such as Universal Precautions or Body Substance Isolation, are necessary to prevent accidental occupational exposure to the infection. A review of currently performed invasive procedures to assess alternate methods in order to further reduce potential for occupational exposure is also suggested. 7 references.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Canada; Public information; Risk taking behavior
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