SHEA Response to Institutions’ Implementation of 2010 Guideline for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Pathogens
- Monday, 06 October 2014
Date Published:10/6/2014 12:10:00 PM
Since the 2010 publication of the "SHEA Guideline for the Management of Healthcare Workers Who Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and/or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)" (1), additional strides have been made in the therapy of these three bloodborne pathogens. Effective treatments offer the promise of sustained virologic control, further reducing the already exceedingly small risk of transmission from an infected healthcare provider to a patient. The guideline's multidisciplinary authoring group affirms that
- infected providers who are not conducting invasive procedures present virtually no risk to their patients,
- providers with well‐controlled infection and who conform to specific infection prevention practices may safely perform invasive procedures, and
- a healthcare provider's status should not be the sole determinant in his or her ability to perform duties, including exposure‐prone procedures.