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.
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).