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Preventing Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens among Paramedics

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

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.