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Educational institutions, workers and employers join forces to prevent occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens among health care workers in South America.

Authors
Lioce-Mata-MS; Alarcon-WA; Wilburn-S
Source
IOHA Newsletter 2009 Jul; 17(2):12-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20036091
Abstract
The World Health Organization (WHO) found that among the 35 million healthcare workers (HCWs) worldwide, there were 3 million percutaneous exposures to bloodborne pathogens in 2000. Worldwide, the burden of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among HCWs attributable to occupational exposure to percutaneous injuries fraction is 39%, 37%, and 4% respectively, with wide regional variation. Furthermore, in Latin America the attributable fraction in health care workers, due to sharps injuries, is about 83% for HBV, 55% for HCV and 11% for HIV.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Needlestick-injuries; Bloodborne-pathogens; Infectious-diseases; Infection-control; Injuries; Injury-prevention; AIDS-virus; HIV; Medical-personnel; Surveillance-programs
Publication Date
20090701
Document Type
Newsletter
Email Address
cru6@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
International Occupational Hygiene Association Newsletter
State
OH
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