Jerri Bryant, RN, MPH, CIC; Sandy Pirwitz, RN, MS, CIC
To the Editors: We were confused by some of Holmes and colleagues' (1) summary recommendations about control of B virus infection. Holmes and coworkers (1) acknowledge that the risk for person-to-person transmission appears to be very low but that transmission through other body fluids (other than through fresh drainage from active lesions) and fomites remains a possibility. They therefore conclude that universal precautions should be used when working with patients who have presumed or documented B virus infection. Universal precautions, as described by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), apply only to blood and those body fluids known to transmit
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Bryant J, Pirwitz S. Precautions against Hepatitis B. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:807-808. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-10-807_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(10):807-808.
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