Medical graduates’ knowledge of bloodborne viruses and occupational exposure

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#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Koehler, N., Vujovic, O., Dendle, C. and McMenamin, C. (2013) Medical graduates’ knowledge of bloodborne viruses and occupational exposures. American Journal of Infection Control. December 17th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

A survey of medical graduates commencing employment as junior doctors was performed to investigate knowledge of bloodborne viruses and occupational exposure management, coupled with their experience of occupational exposures. There was a mismatch between general knowledge (excellent) and knowledge of postexposure management (poor), and graduates had commonly experienced an occupational exposure and not reported it. The knowledge deficit regarding postexposure management and history of poor practice (ie, nonreporting) following an exposure implies that the transition period from student to junior doctor may be associated with increased occupational health and safety risk.

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