Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology

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: 2015  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 66--68

An analysis of multimodal occupational exposure leading to blood borne infections among health care workers


N Lakshmi Priya, K Usha Krishnan, G Jayalakshmi, S Vasanthi 
 Institute of Microbiology, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. N Lakshmi Priya
Institute of Microbiology, Madras Medical College, Chennai - 600 003, Tamil Nadu
India

Occupational exposure poses a significant risk of transmission of blood-borne pathogens to healthcare workers (HCWs). Adherence to standard precautions, awareness about post exposure prophylaxis is poor in developing countries. This retrospective study analyzes the self-reported cases of occupational exposure in a tertiary care hospital. During the study period, 105 HCWs sustained occupational exposure to blood and body fluids. Majority of the victims 36 (34.2%) were interns and the clinical practice that led to the occupational exposure was withdrawal of blood (45.7%). Good infection control practices and emphasis on appropriate disposal are needed to increase the occupational safety for HCWs.


How to cite this article:
Priya N L, Krishnan K U, Jayalakshmi G, Vasanthi S. An analysis of multimodal occupational exposure leading to blood borne infections among health care workers.Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2015;58:66-68


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Priya N L, Krishnan K U, Jayalakshmi G, Vasanthi S. An analysis of multimodal occupational exposure leading to blood borne infections among health care workers. Indian J Pathol Microbiol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Oct 21 ];58:66-68
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