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Staff health

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0016
Staff health

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The protection of health care workers should be an integral part of the health and safety programme of all health care facilities. Health care facilities have a legal obligation to ensure that all their employees are appropriately trained and proficient in the procedures necessary for working safely. In addition, it is the responsibility of every employee to be aware of their own role in infection prevention and control, and incorporate good practices into their daily activity to ensure that they do not jeopardize the health and safety of themselves or any other person. This chapter discusses the role of occupational health departments, pre-employment assessment, health status of health care workers, measures to protect health care workers, management of sharps injuries, protection against tuberculosis, and pregnant health care workers.

Keywords: health care workers; occupational health; health care facilities; employee health; sharps injuries

Chapter.  6448 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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