Blood-borne virus transmission in healthcare settings in Ireland: review of patient notification exercises 1997-2011.
AffiliationHealth Service Executive, Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin, Ireland.
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CitationBlood-borne virus transmission in healthcare settings in Ireland: review of patient notification exercises 1997-2011. 2012:notJ Hosp Infect
JournalThe Journal of hospital infection
AbstractA 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.
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