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|Title: ||Blood-borne virus transmission in healthcare settings in Ireland: review of patient notification exercises 1997-2011|
|Affiliation: ||Health Service Executive, Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Citation: ||J Hosp Infect. 2012 Mar;80(3):265-8. Epub 2012 Jan 23.|
|Journal: ||The Journal of hospital infection|
|Issue Date: ||2-Jul-2012 |
|Description: ||A review of patient notification exercises (PNEs) carried out in Ireland between 1997 and 2011 to investigate potential exposure to blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in healthcare settings was undertaken to inform future policy and practice. A questionnaire was sent to key informants in the health services to identify all relevant PNEs. Structured interviews were conducted with key investigators, and available documentation was examined. Ten BBV-related PNEs were identified. Despite testing over 2000 patients, only one case of transmission was found. However, in-depth local investigations before undertaking the PNEs identified six cases of healthcare-associated transmission.|
|Keywords: ||HEPATITIS B|
|Local subject classification: ||DISEASE NOTIFICATIONS|
BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS
|Appears in Collections: ||Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)|
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