AIDS: A Bill of Rights for the Surgical Team?
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1988 May 21; 296(6634): 1449-1450.
Two surgeons from a London hospital propose that, because the risk of AIDS infection for surgeons is probably greater than that of the non-operating clinician or laboratory worker, any member of a surgical team should have certain rights. These include the right to insist on hepatitis-level precautions for every patient who undergoes surgery; to refuse to operate on patients known to have or to be at high risk for having human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, provided that an alternative surgeon is available; to have the opportunity to disclaim high risk in themselves; to have blood withdrawn for storage against a future need to establsh HIV state; and to have possible increases in their insurance premiums debated at greater length. Members of the surgical team should also have the right to have an HIV test done at their request and to request HIV testing of any patient involved in a specific incident in which virus transmission was a possibility. (KIE abstract)
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