Risk of Exposure of Surgical Personnel to Patients' Blood During Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital
Gerberding, Julie Louise
Schecter, William P.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1990 June 21; 322(25): 1788-1793.
An observational study of 1,307 consecutive surgical procedures at San Francisco General Hospital was undertaken to describe and quantify exposures to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids. The investigators also attempted to identify factors predictive of such exposures, to estimate the effect of perceived risk of HIV infection on the frequency of exposures, and to identify interventions that might reduce the frequency of exposures during surgery for operating room personnel. They conclude that all surgical personnel are at a risk for occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids, and that the data support a high standard of infection control to prevent such exposure. The investigators found no evidence that preoperative testing of patients for HIV infection, which has been advocated as an infection control measure, would reduce the frequency of accidental exposure of health personnel to blood during surgery. (KIE abstract)
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Risk of Exposure of Surgical Personnel to Patients' Blood During Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital Gerberding, Julie Louise; Littell, Cary; Tarkington, Ada; Brown, Andrew and Schecter, William P. (1990-06-21)