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Volume 3, Number 3

Jagger J., Bentley M., Juillet E. "Direct Cost of Follow-up for Percutaneous and Mucocutaneous Exposures to At-Risk Body Fluids: Data from Two Hospitals." 1998 AEP 3(3) 25, 34. Notes the differences between two hospitals in cost-reporting techniques for post-exposure follow-up and calls for the development of standardized reporting procedures which will facilitate comparison of data among hospitals.

Perry J. 1998 AEP 3(3) 26. "Yale to Pay $12.2 Million in Largest Ever Award in Needlestick Case. Discusses the circumstances surrounding the landmark decision.

Perry J. "Federal Legislation Proposed Requiring Hospitals to Use 'Safe' Needle Products" 1998 AEP 3(3) 26, 35. Discusses the state of a bill recently introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to require hospitals nationwide to adopt certain measures which would reduce the risk of occupational injury and disease among health care workers.

Tereskerz P., Jagger J. "Occupationally Acquired HIV: The Vulnerability of Health Care Workers Under Workers' Compensation Laws." 1998 AEP 3(3) 27-32. Although many percutaneous and mucocutaneous exposures among health care workers are not reported, and although many health care workers so affected remain ingnorant of the limitations of the workers' compensation system until they apply for benefits, workers' compensation benefits are potentially available to health care workers occupationally infected by HIV. At present, courts' interpretations of the exclusive remedy provisions of workers' compensation laws discourage employees from bringing private suits against employers to recover damages resulting from occupational disease or injury. Thus, there exists little legal incentive for health care institutions to invest in safety equipment which would reduce the risk of occupational disease or injury. Further, no clear and consistent definition of occupational disease exists. Finally, employers who have acquired HIV through work-related exposure are in many cases reluctant to come forth for fear that public disclosure of their conditions might jeopardize job security. The Authors offer recommendations to address these deficiencies.

"Location and Procedure/Device Involved in Percutaneous Exposure in 46 HCWs with Occupationally Acquired HIV." 1998 AEP 3(3) 33.