Accidental exposures to blood and other body fluids in a large academic medical center

H. Spencer Turner, Janet L. Hurley, Karen M. Butler, Jody Holl

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Healthcare workers' and students' exposures to bloodborne pathogens during a 1-year period (1997) at a large university academic medical center were analyzed. The university health manages the Blood-Borne Pathogen Post-Exposure Control Program at the university and treats all reported exposures of students, faculty, and staff. Comparative exposure rates for all categories of healthcare workers, the work site where injuries occurred, and the circumstances involved in 298 exposure incidents are outlined. A standardized postexposure prophylaxis protocol provides for definition of the health status of all known source patients and assessment of the potential need for treatment of the exposed clinician. Implications of the study for focusing on improvements in training healthcare workers in proper procedures and the use of personal protective equipment in dealing with blood-borne pathogens are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College Health Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1999


  • Blood-borne pathogens
  • Healthcare workers
  • Infectious diseases
  • Occupational exposure
  • Protective equipment
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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