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Post-exposure prophylaxis after needlestick injuries would require change in management

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1335 (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1335
  1. T J Neal,
  2. G Harvey
  1. Lecturer Senior registrar Department of Medical Microbiology and Genitourinary Medicine, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP

    EDITOR,—The chief medical officer recently suggested a change in the guidance relating to the management of healthcare workers exposed to HIV.1 A move towards post-exposure prophylaxis would require a considerable change in the management of needlestick injuries.

    We recently analysed the management of needlestick injuries in the Merseyside area by means of a postal questionnaire sent to consultant microbiologists, genitourinary physicians, consultants in accident and emergency medicine, occupational health departments, and infection control nurses. Twenty nine (52%) completed questionnaires were returned. Six respondents stated that …

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