Managing sharps injuries and other occupational exposures to HIV, HBV, and HCV in the dermatology office
Dermatologists and their staff are at risk for needlestick injuries and exposures to body fluids. Despite the availability of treatment to reduce the risk of blood-borne infection, many exposures go unreported. This paper identifies current recommendations and the specific details for response to occupational exposures to HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus in the dermatology office. Issues surrounding each virus are discussed individually, and a summary step-by-step algorithm of how to proceed in the event of an occupational exposure is presented. In addition, a focused Practice Improvement Activity that is based on this paper and provides Maintenance of Certification credit has been developed. To view and participate, visit https://secure.dataharborsolutions.com/abdermorg/.