The HIV-Infected Health Care Worker: Another AIDS Policy Conundrum
Scott, H. Denman
Annals of Internal Medicine. 1991 Feb 15; 116(4): 341-343.
To ascertain the degree of patient risk for acquiring HIV from an infected health care worker, several key questions have arisen: Beyond a single dental practice, has there been doctor-to-patient HIV transmission; are some procedures inherently more dangerous to patients than others; can HIV be transmitted despite good technique and universal precautions; is hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission from physician to patient a relevant model for HIV transmission; is operator skill and technique as much or more of a factor in the risk for transmission than the nature of the procedure itself? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released recommendations about HIV-infected health care workers last year....The CDC proposed that sufficient data existed to declare that certain procedures were "exposure-prone," that is, that transmission of HIV to a patient could occur despite good technique and proper precautions....Because of the major concerns expressed by many medical specialty societies, the CDC has indicated plans to review and revise the recommendations.
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