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CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 913-916

Reducing Blood-borne Exposure in Interventional Radiology: What the IR Should Know

  • David K. TsoAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, University of British Columbia
  • , Sriharsha AthreyaAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Imaging, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Email author 

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Interventional radiologists are at risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens in their day-to-day practice. Percutaneous exposure from unsafe sharps handling, mucocutaneous exposure from body fluid splashes, and glove perforation from excessive wear can expose the radiologist to potentially infectious material. The increasing prevalence of blood-borne pathogens, including hepatitis B and C, and human immunodeficiency virus, puts nurses, residents, fellows, and interventional radiologists at risk for occupational exposure. This review outlines suggestions to establish a culture of safety in the interventional suite.


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