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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 151-154

Postexposure management of occupational injuries amongst health care workers


Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Unit, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Divya Deodhar
Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Unit, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 141 008, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2348-3334.183727

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Occupational exposure comprises of needle stick injury (NSI) and mucosal splashes. A health care worker (HCW) is at a greater risk of developing blood borne virus infection while at work. Due to high prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C virus in developing countries, there is a higher risk of infection after occupational exposure to HCW. Factors such as sub-optimal infection control practices and lack of equipment, increases the risk of acquiring NSIs. Reporting of each episode of occupational exposure should be mandatory in institutions. Postexposure management policies should be included among the institutional policies.


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