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AEP Index

Volume 2, Number 2

Arnold L. "A Nurse with a Mission: Lynda Arnold." 1995. AEP: 2 (2) 1, 9-11. Lynda Arnold, a nurse who contracted HIV via a needlestick injury, relates her experience and discusses her reasons for launching a campaign, the goal of which is a written commitment from every hospital in the U.S. to provide protective catheters and blood-drawing devices to their employees. Perry, Jane. OSHA Publishes Recordkeeping Proposal. 2 (2) 2, 8, 4.

"OSHA Publishes Recordkeeping Proposal." AEP. 1995: 2 (2) 2,8 Discusses the reactions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposal for a more efficient procedure for recording occupational injuries and illnesses.

Perry J, Tereskerz PM. "CDC Releases Study Showing Zidovidine Reduces Risk of HIV Transmission in Health Care Workers." AEP. 1995: 2 (2) 3-4. A CDC study found that the risk of HIV transmission was greater if the injury involves a larger volume of blood and if the source patient is in the final stages of AIDS. It also concluded that HCWs who took zidovudine after an exposure had a significantly lower risk of seroconverting to HIV than those who did not.

Abstract: "CDC Study Finds Double-Gloving Reduces Blood Exposures to Surgeons." AEP. 1995: 2 (2) 4. Presents a summary of an experiment showing the epidemiology of blood contact with surgeons.

Berry AJ, Greene ES. "Needlestick Hazards for Anesthesia Personnel." AEP. 1995: 2 (2) 5- 6. Discusses how anesthesia personnel face a high risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

"Collaborative Study of Blood Exposure in OR Personnel is Underway." AEP. 1995:2 (2) 7. In an effort to reduce the risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission to OR personnel, the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), in conjunction with the Health Care Worker Safety Center at the Universisty of Virginia, have launched a study on the risk factors for blood and body fluid exposures in the operating room and have created a surveillance database.

Abstract: "New Study Documents Surgeon-to-Patient Transmission of HCV." AEP. 1995:2 (2) 8. Presents an abstract of an article, originally published in the 1996 New England Journal of Medicine, which documented surgeon-to-patient transmission of hepatitic C.

EPINet Forum. AEP. 1995:2 (2) 12. Answers the question: "When needlestick rates are calculated using average daily census as a denominator, does the shift in use of services effect the accuracy of calculated institutional needlestick rates?"