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Safety of surgical personnel: a global concern.
Jagger-J; Gomaa-AE; Phillips-EK
Lancet 2008 Sep; 372(9644):1149
Thomas Weiser and colleagues (July 12, p 139) have identified high surgical complication rates and the scarcity of surgical care in low-income countries as unaddressed public-health issues of global magnitude. Their focus on the unmet needs of surgical patients is wholly justified, yet overlooks a risk group that is even more neglected: that of surgical personnel in poor countries who are at exceptionally high risk of occupational infect ions from HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. A 2006 survey of surgeons from14 sub-Saharan African countries found that more than 60% were not fully vaccinated against hepatitis B.
Safety-practices; Surgery; Surveillance-programs; Infectious-diseases; Medical-personnel; Medical-treatment; Health-care-personnel; Bloodborne-pathogens; Risk-factors; Public-health; Personal-protective-equipment; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division