Exposure of healthcare workers to bloodborne viruses

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7305.169 (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:169

Only the tip of the iceberg has been measured

  1. Guy Nash (guy.nash@ic.ac.uk), research fellow
  1. Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0NN
  2. St George's Hospital, London SW17 OQT

    EDITOR—Evans et al try to measure the exposure of healthcare workers to bloodborne viruses by including incidents that are required to be reported under the 1995 regulations for reporting injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences.1 We do not, however, know the denominator—namely, the total number of needlestick injuries received by healthcare workers.

    This denominator is an iceberg, the tip of which has been described by Evans et al. From the up to date surveillance …

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