Prevention of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
This article is an overview of the bloodborne pathogen standard for podiatric practice. Included are the history of regulation, prevention measures to be undertaken in medical practice for the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, and measures for appropriate follow-up, should exposure occur. Physical, chemical, thermal, and procedural barriers against transmission and recommendations for the development of an office infection-control program are discussed.
Occupational exposure to HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis.
Mullins N. Lee HH.
California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, USA.
This article reviews risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, specifically HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C to healthcare workers. Information regarding assessing the risk of exposure, appropriate actions to take if an exposure occurs, the most recent recommendations for treatment and follow-up postexposure, and prevention strategies for avoiding exposure are presented. Additionally, current recommendations for the prevention of the transmission of tuberculosis in healthcare workers and the regulatory guidelines governing this topic are discussed.