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AEP Index

Volume 2, Number 1

Tereskerz PM, Petrosillo N, Puro V, Jagger J. Hepatitis C Virus in Health Care Workers. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 1, 7-9. Describes Hepatitis C or HCV, a single strand RNA virus , and its transmission. It discusses the prevalence of HCV among health care workers and discusses a few cases in which a health care worker transmitted HCV following a needlestick injury.

Jagger J, Perry J. From the Editors. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 2. Introducing the second volume of AEP. Presented is a chart of documented and possible incidents of occupationally acquired HIV.

Stevens M. My Struggle for Compensation: An HCV-Infected Health Care Worker Speaks. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 3-4. Marie Stevens, a phlebotomist infected by HCV, tells her story. She explains the unexpected obstacles she faced in order to get workers' compensation. For a similar article, see March/April 1995 issue of AEP (vol.1 no. 3)

Abstracts: Seroprevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus in Patients Having Major Surgery. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 4, 9. Presents an abstract of an experiment to determine the prevalence of these infectious diseases among patients who undergo surgey.

Levitan R. Reducing Pain During Arterial Blood Drawing - Minimizing Patient Movement. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 5. The author suggests the use of local anesthetics prior to procedures using large-gauge hollow bore needles. Less pain would result in less patient movement and would therefore reduce the risk of needle stick injury.

EPINet Data report: ABG Syringes Associated with More Injuries During Procedure. AEP. 1995: 2 (1)5-6. EPINet data indirectly supports the clinical observations that arterial blood drawing causes more patient discomfort than other needle procedures such as intramuscular or subcutaneous (IM/SQ) injections. Thus, a higher risk of needle stick injury associated with arterial blood drawing.

Problematic Issue of Infected Surgeons Continues to Raise Questions. AEP. 1995:2 (1) 10. Cases of seropositive surgeons transmitting HIV to patients raises questions of what preventative measures should be taken.

EPINet Network Hospitals. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 10. The following hospitals collaborate with the Health Care Worker Safety Center...EPINet data published in AEP includes data contributed by these hospitals. We gratefully acknowledge their efforts and contributions.

Index to AEP, Volume 1, Numbers 1-6. AEP. 1995: 2 (1) 11.

EPINet Forum. AEP. 1995:2 (1) 12, 9. Discusses EPINet developments that are underway including a new version of EPINet to be released next year and making EPINet available in VA Hospitals.