Adherence to management after occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogen among health care workers in Taiwan

Nai Ying Ko, Shu Hui Yeh, Shiow Luan Tsay, Shung Mei Pan, Ming Chu Feng, Ming Chu Chiang, Yea Wen Lee, Ling Hua Chang, Jim Fong Jang

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Abstract

The study purpose was to investigate the adherence to postexposure management of health care workers (HCWs) in Taiwan. A total of 685 HCWs of 1164 HCWs who had reported exposure incidents during 2003-2005 completed questionnaires. Only 33% of the 567 exposed HCWs adhered to the postexposure management. Adherence was associated with percutaneous injury and knowledge of the seropositive status of source patients. Regular follow-ups for seroconversion testing are essential to improving the quality of postexposure management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-611
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume37
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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