DAVID R. SNYDMAN, M.D.; JOHN A. BRYAN, M.D.; RICHARD E. DIXON, M.D.
SNYDMAN DR, BRYAN JA, DIXON RE. Prevention of Nosocomial Viral Hepatitis, Type B (Hepatitis B). Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:838-845. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-838
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(6):838-845.
Nosocomial viral hepatitis, type B, is assuming increasing importance in the United States. The keystone to an effective hepatitis control program is surveillance of patients and personnel, especially in high-risk areas, namely dialysis units, hematology-oncology units, and laboratories. Measures to control infection are outlined for specific areas of the hospital. Data currently available suggest that employees who have persisting hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) need not be removed from their positions unless they have been proved to disseminate infection. Future investigations should include methods to study: [a] the mechanisms of non percutaneous spread of hepatitis B virus, [b] the role of the individual with persisting HBsAg in the dissemination of hepatitis B virus, [c] the efficacy of hepatitis B immune globulin in high-risk areas, and [d] the effectiveness of various chemical and physical procedures in use for inactivation of hepatitis B virus using animal model systems.
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Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease, Viral Hepatitis.
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