A survey of hospital management plans concerning the occurrence of occupational exposure to bloodborne infections (above all, HIV) in German-speaking Switzerland was carried out by the Swiss national reference centre for bloodborne infections in Zurich, in 2000. A lack of access to specialist exposure risk assessment as well as a lack of 24-hour HIV testing facilities was highlighted. Antiretroviral medication (Combivir and Viracept) was readily available in just 60% of all hospitals surveyed and only three quarters of hospitals had an HIV post-exposure management protocol. The deficiencies were significantly greater in small hospitals with less than 250 beds, than in larger institutions.
Auteur : Colombo C, Ruef C
Eurosurveillance. European communicable disease quarterly, 2004, vol. 9, n°. 3, p. 40-41, 2 réf.