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Title: Hepatitis B immunisation : a survey of surgeons and theatre nurses
Authors: Jones, C. H.
Swain, Karl Charles
Borg, Michael Angelo
Caruana Dingli, Gordon
Keywords: Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B -- Prevention control
Hepatitis B -- Vaccination
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Maltese Medical Journal
Citation: Maltese Medical Journal. 2000. Vol. 12(1,2), p. 36-39
Abstract: Acute viral hepatitis remains a serious condition. Its long-term sequelae include cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Health workers constitute a high-risk group for contracting hepatitis B. A group of clinicians associated with invasive procedures and nurses working in operating theatres were invited to answer a confidential questionnaire concerning hepatitis B immunisation and the use of protective measures. A self-administered confidential questionnaire was sent to 152 clinicians and 97 theatre nurses, of whom 82 and 74 respectively responded, giving an overall response rate of 63 %. Whilst 91% of respondents considered their speciality as being of high risk for hepatitis B only 63% of them were fully immunised and of these only 51% had had their immunity tested. Out of those who checked their antibody status 19% did so following a needle stick injury. 60% of our respondents had had a needle stick injury over the past year. Even so barrier precaution techniques were used infrequently with only 17% always or at least frequently using double gloving and 10% wearing a visor during operations. Some respondents also commented on the poor availability of resources such as impermeable gowns or blunt needles which are established precautions against contamination from hepatitis B.
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