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February/March 2011 (vol. 07/5)

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Bloodborne viruses, Part 1

Part 1 of a progress report on protecting the health and safety of healthcare workers from viral hepatitis and HIV

Summary:

Healthcare employers must implement the European ‘sharps’ directive by May 2013; the HPA has compiled its biennial surveillance figures on healthcare workers’ exposure to bloodborne viruses, and an NHS trust has been prosecuted following a worker’s needlestick injury. John Ballard reports.

AN estimated 56,000 needlestick and sharps injuries occur every year to UK healthcare workers and many of these bring…

John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [at Work].

Author: Ballard J

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2011 (vol. 07/5) pp27-33

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