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April 2010
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-139
cover of 2010-139

Preventing Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens among Paramedics

Patient care puts paramedics at risk of exposure to blood. These exposures carry the risk of infection from bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. A national survey of 2,664 paramedics contributed new information about their risk of exposure to blood and identified opportunities to control exposures and prevent infections.

 
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