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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.
Lioce-Mata-MS; Alarcon-WA; Wilburn-S
IOHA Newsletter 2009 Jul; 17(2):12-14
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.
Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Needlestick-injuries; Bloodborne-pathogens; Infectious-diseases; Infection-control; Injuries; Injury-prevention; AIDS-virus; HIV; Medical-personnel; Surveillance-programs
Issue of Publication
International Occupational Hygiene Association Newsletter
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division