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Editor's Correspondence
June 23, 2003

Management of Health Care Workers With Blood-Borne Infections

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(12):1489-1490. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.12.1489-a

Ciuffa et al,1 in moving from the article by Cody et al,2 pose the problem of the management of health care workers (HCWs) with blood-borne infections. The risk of transmission of blood-borne pathogens from worker to patient is one of the most controversial topics in occupational medicine. A number of organizations have proposed guidelines,37 most of which are advisory in nature, and their enforcement is generally poor owing to practical difficulties in defining the authority who can effectively manage the problem.

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