Dutch consider obligatory testing of surgeons for hepatitis BBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7219.1219a (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1219
- Tony Sheldon
Pressure is mounting in the Netherlands for regular testing plus obligatory vaccination against viruses such as hepatitis B for medical and nursing staff working in areas where there is a risk of blood contact.
The calls follow an investigation into how up to 28 patients were infected with hepatitis B by a surgeon over four years at the Saint Joseph Hospital near Eindhoven. One patient subsequently passed the virus to his partner, who later died, probably …