ROBERT S. KLEIN, M.D.
To the editor: The paper by Favero and associates (1) outlining guidelines for hospital care of patients with viral hepatitis is a thorough review of the risks of nosocomial transmission of hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and non-A, non-B hepatitis. For these risks the authors recommend discontinuing the use of enteric precautions and using ". . . the same precautions for handling feces from all other hospitalized patients, which should include wearing gloves when handling bedpans or fecal material."
The above recommendation is a logical extension of our understanding of the modes of transmission of hepatitis and the standard of good
KLEIN RS. Guidelines for Care of Patients with Hepatitis. Ann Intern Med. ;92:706–708. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-5-706
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(5):706-708.
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