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Prevention of occupational transmission of bloodborne diseases in clinical nurse anesthesia practice.

Authors
  • Griffis, C A
Type
Published Article
Journal
CRNA : the clinical forum for nurse anesthetists
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2000
Volume
11
Issue
1
Pages
2–7
Identifiers
PMID: 11271034
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This article discusses the most commonly recognized bloodborne infectious diseases with which the nurse anesthetist comes into contact during the provision of clinical care: hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and the human immunodeficiency virus, along with the potential percutaneous and mucocutaneous routes of exposure. The prevention of occupational exposure to these pathogens is discussed by applying standard or universal precaution measures to anesthesia clinical practice. Treatment measures for accidental exposure to bloodborne pathogens is also discussed.

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