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Notice to Readers Process for Identifying Exposure-Prone Invasive Procedures

On July 12, 1991, CDC published ``Recommendations for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis B Virus to Patients During Exposure-Prone Invasive Procedures'' (1). This document defines exposure-prone invasive procedures as procedures during which there is a recognized risk for percutaneous injury to the health-care worker (HCW), and if such an injury occurs, the HCW's blood is likely to contact the patient's body cavity, subcutaneous tissues, and/or mucous membranes. Implementation of these recommendations requires that exposure-prone invasive procedures be identified by medical, surgical, and dental organizations whose members perform such procedures and by institutions at which such procedures are performed.

On August 7, CDC convened an ad hoc meeting of representatives of professional societies, institutions, and public health and other organizations to discuss a process to develop a list of exposure-prone invasive procedures that CDC will publish as a national reference. In subsequent meetings with CDC, professional societies will make recommendations regarding which invasive procedures performed by their members should be considered exposure-prone. Societies, expert consultants, and other interested groups will have the opportunity to review and comment on the list of exposure-prone invasive procedures before CDC publishes the recommendations. CDC anticipates completion of this process by November 15, 1991.

Reported by: Hospital Infections Program, Div of HIV/AIDS, National Center for Infectious Diseases; Dental Disease Prevention Activity, Office of the Director, National Center for Prevention Svcs; HIV Activity, Office of the Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC.


  1. CDC. Recommendations for preventing transmission of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus to patients during exposure-prone invasive procedures. MMWR 1991;40 (no. RR-8).

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