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New guidance published on the health clearance and management of healthcare workers infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C

A new guidance document ‘Integrated guidance on the management of healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses (HIV, hepatitis B and / or hepatitis C) (2017)’ which brings a number of documents into a single place is now available:Bloodborne viruses (BBVs) in healthcare workersThe guidance provides up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations intended to reduce the risk of healthcare worker-to-patient transmission of blood borne viruses. It also provides advice on key operational and service delivery issues that need to be addressed to ensure healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses who perform exposure prone procedures (EPPs) are managed safely.
The guidance is primarily aimed at occupational health services, but will also be of interest to all healthcare workers in the NHS including independent contractors and to NHS organisations who arrange for NHS patients to be treated by non-NHS health establishments
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A set of quick reference guides for management of common situations are also included on the gov.uk website.

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