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Prevention of blood-borne infections among nurses at Dr. Ivan Seliminski hospital, Sliven

Pepa Dzhedzheva, Elena Zheleva, Ivan Alexandrov, Ivan Dimitrov

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The occupational activities of nurses entail a daily exposure to infectious and non-infec­tious factors that can affect their health. Blood-transmitted pathogens caused by occupational exposure pose the most serious threat. Prevention strategies include vaccinations and universal precaution measures.

AIM: The aim of this study is to assess vaccinations and other precautionary measures against blood-borne in­fections: HBV, HCV, HIV, and the attitude towards those among nurses at Dr. Ivan Seliminski Hospital, Sliven.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used an individual anonymous survey among 55 nurses working in dif­ferent wards of the Hospital.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: A large number of nurses at the hospital have had an HBV immunisation (69%). A significant proportion have also had serologic status testing for HCV and HIV (58%). Most nurses in­dicated they have had immunisation and testing as a precautionary measure.


Keywords

blood-borne infections, vaccination, prevention, nurse

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/sssp.v2i0.3514

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Pepa Dzhedzheva
Medical University of Varna, Sliven Affiliate

Elena Zheleva
Medical University of Varna, Sliven Affiliate

Ivan Alexandrov
Medical University of Varna, Sliven Affiliate

Ivan Dimitrov
Medical University of Varna, Sliven Affiliate

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