23 February

Eye of The Needle Report

Özet :

The active surveillance of significant occupational exposures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for bloodborne viruses (BBVs) was implemented in July 1997.1 Under the scheme, occupational exposures include2 percutaneous exposures, where the skin has been broken by a needle/other sharp object, human scratch or bite and mucocutaneous exposures, where the mucous membranes (mouth, nose or eyes), or non-intact skin have been contaminated. A significant exposure is a percutaneous or mucocutaneous exposure to blood or other body fluids from a source that is known to be, or as a result of the incident found to be, HBV surface antigen (HBsAg), HCV, or HIV positive.

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