Occupational exposure of medical health workers – postexposure prophylaxy, law regulations Anna Boroń-Kaczmarska, Justyna Sobeyko Medical Science Review - Hepatologia 2006; 6 3-7 aaICID: 449218
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Healthcare workers are known to be at risk of acquiring a variety of infections as a result of occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Among the most serious of such pathogens are HBV, HCV, and HIV. The recommended universal precautionary guidelines remain the cornerstone of protecting healthcare workers. Nonetheless, a substantial number of parenteral exposures are reported every year. Vaccination, effective infection-control programs, safer medical procedures, and safer medical devices all are necessary in daily practice. Also, a better understanding of the factors that influence healthcare worker behaviors that result in injury play an important role in preventing occupational infection. The legal regulations on the occupational risk of infection applied in Poland are presented.