Practice of universal precautions and risk of occupational blood-borne viral infection among Congolese health care workers

Department of Environmental Medicine, Kochi Medical School, Kochi University, Nankoku, Japan.
American journal of infection control (Impact Factor: 2.21). 05/2011; 40(1):68-70.e1. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.01.021
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The extent of occupational injuries among health care workers in central Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is not documented. We sought to determine the incidence of percutaneous injury and exposure to blood and other body fluids in Congolese urban and rural hospitals in the previous year. Our data show high rates of percutaneous injury and exposure to blood and other body fluids, reflecting poor safety conditions for most Congolese health care workers.

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