STEPHEN I. VAS, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P. (C); MARGARET GARRIE, R.T.; VICTORIA J. KAPTAINIS, R.T.
To the editor: The potential infectiousness of body fluids from patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome raises justifiable concerns for personnel of hospital diagnostic laboratories. Whereas no evidence at present (1) shows that laboratory personnel exposed to specimens from patients suspected of having the syndrome face a serious risk, the experience gained from the spread of hepatitis B virus warrants careful precautions in laboratories (2).
The expanded use of automated laboratory instruments make such precautions extremely difficult, because the handling of specimens in such instruments is independent from the operator and disinfection of the instrument is laborious and time consuming.
VAS SI, GARRIE M, KAPTAINIS VJ. Heated Sera and Laboratory Tests. Ann Intern Med. ;103:308. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-2-308_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(2):308.
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