Risk of infection in health care workers following occupational exposure to a noninfectious or unknown source

KURUÜZÜM Z., Yapar N., AVKAN OĞUZ V., Aslan H., ÖZBEK Ö. A., Cakir N., ...More

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL, vol.36, no.10, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background: The major concern after occupational exposures is the possible transmission of blood-borne pathogens, especially hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This study was undertaken to evaluate the risk of infection after exposure to blood or body fluids of an unknown or an HBV-, HCV-, and HIV-negative source and to determine the epidemiologic characteristics of these incidents in health care workers.