Exposure-prone procedures

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Exposure-prone procedures are those in which there is a risk that a health care worker might share body fluids with those of a patient.

In general, they comprise procedures where the health care worker's hands or fingers are:

  • in close proximity to something sharp (e.g. a surgical instrument or a jagged bone) AND
  • out of sight.

Health care workers with infectious blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B or Human immunodeficiency virus should NOT perform exposure-prone procedures.[1]

See also

External links

There is a good discussion of EPPs, in the context of transmission of bloodborne viral hepatitis infections between patients and healthcaare workers, at the viral hepatitis prevention board website, here (pdf file).


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