Volume 2, Number 7
Moyer L., Hodgson W. "Hepatitis B Vaccine and Health Care Workers." 1997 AEP: 2 (7) 1, 10-11. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) continues to be a major health problem in the United States, particularly so for health care workers. Although vaccination is the most effective way to prevent HBV infection, many health care institutions fail to provide opportunities for vaccination to their employees. The authors list conditions which have proven to be effective in getting employers and employees to endorse vaccination programs and encourage health care institutions to introduce such programs.
Perry J. "Update: Lynda Arnold & the Campaign for Health Care Worker Safety." 1997 AEP: 2 (7) 3-4. Following her 1996 diagnosis with HIV, which she acquired from a needlestick injury while working as a registered nurse, Lynda Arnold (see AEP vol. 2, no. 2) launched the "Campaign for Health Care Worker Safety," the goal of which is to motivate health care institutions to commit themselves to the safety of their workers. Perry discusses the details and promising beginning of Arnold's campaign.
Perry J. "Simultaneous Transmission of HIV and HCV from a Single Needlestick Injury." 1997 AEP: 2 (7) 4, 11. Discusses a recent New England Journal of Medicine article which reported the simultaneous transmission of HIV and HCV from a single needlestick injury. Although seroconversion times for both viruses were unusually long, renal disease, once it set in, was especially rapid, suggesting a close relation between the two viruses.
Jagger J. Bentley M. "Reduction in Percutaneous Injury Rates in EPINet Hospitals from 1994 to 1995: What Changed?" 1997 AEP: 2 (7) 5-6, 8. Analyzes data which indicate a statistically significant decrease in the percutaneous injury rate among 56 EPINet hospitals between 1994 and 1995. The information is broken down according to job category, location of injury, and devices involved.
Tereskerz P. "CDC Studies Document Safety Device Efficacy." 1997 AEP: 2 (7) 7-8. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the results of two studies which demonstrated that the use of safety devices significantly reduced percutaneous injury rates among phlebotomists and gynecologic surgeons.