Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, January 29th, 1996
Although appropriate barrier precautions can prevent skin and mucous membrane contacts, such contacts often occur during surgery. Blood contacts place healthcare workers at risk for infection with bloodborne pathogens, such has hepatitis B virus and HIV.
The highest risk of transmitting infection through bloodborne pathogens has been contact by percutaneous injury, noted Jerome I. Tokars, M.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues. However, infection has been...
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