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
ROBERT S. KLEIN. Guidelines for Care of Patients with Hepatitis. Ann Intern Med. 1980;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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