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Infected Physicians and Invasive Procedures: Safe Practice Management

Angelique M. Reitsma, Michael L. Closen, Marshall Cunningham, Henry N.F. Minich, Jonathan D. Moreno, Ronald L. Nichols, Richard D. Pearson, Robert G. Sawyer, Brian Wispelwey, Patricia M. Tereskerz and Paul A. Lombardo

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue 11, pages 1665-1672
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/429821
Infected Physicians and Invasive Procedures: Safe Practice Management

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There is currently no public policy that provides guidance concerning whether and when physicians infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and/or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can safely perform invasive procedures. A committee of experts in the fields of medicine, law, and biomedical ethics and 1 community member, aided by an advisory board, was established to produce recommendations for policy reform. An extensive literature review was conducted for these 3 infectious diseases, medicine, surgery, epidemiology, law, and bioethics to gather all relevant data. Special recommendations are made regarding the management of physicians who are infected with HIV, HBV, and/or HCV. This policy proposal includes a list of exposure-prone procedures and a decision chart that indicates under what conditions infected physicians can practice beyond the need for disclosure of their serological status.

Journal Article.  5966 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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