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Erschienen in: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 9/2014

01.09.2014 | Review

Healthcare workers as vectors of infectious diseases

verfasst von: R. Huttunen, J. Syrjänen

Erschienen in: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases | Ausgabe 9/2014

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Abstract

Nosocomial infections cause considerable morbidity and mortality. Healthcare workers (HCWs) may serve as vectors of many infectious diseases, many of which are not often primarily considered as healthcare-associated. The probability of pathogen transmission to patients depends on several factors, such as the characteristics of a pathogen, HCW and patient. Pathogens with high transmission potential from HCWs to patients include norovirus, respiratory infections, measles and influenza. In contrast, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis are unlikely to be transferred. The prevention of HCW-associated transmission of pathogens include systematic vaccinations towards preventable diseases, continuous education, hand hygiene surveillance, active feedback and adequate staff resources.
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Metadaten
Titel
Healthcare workers as vectors of infectious diseases
verfasst von
R. Huttunen
J. Syrjänen
Publikationsdatum
01.09.2014
Verlag
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Erschienen in
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases / Ausgabe 9/2014
Print ISSN: 0934-9723
Elektronische ISSN: 1435-4373
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10096-014-2119-6

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