To evaluate whether implementation of universal precautions was temporally associated with a decrease in reported parenteral exposures to blood, we analyzed data on self-reported parenteral injuries that were prospectively collected at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), from 1985 through 1991. We also assessed whether implementation of universal precautions, in concert with initiation of a program of postexposure chemoprophylaxis with zidovudine, was associated with decreased time to reporting of occupational exposures. Our data, possibly confounded by the occurrence of an occupational infection due to human immunodeficiency virus infection in 1988, nonetheless demonstrate a temporal association between a progressive, significant decrease in percutaneous injuries and the implementation of universal precautions that has been sustained through subsequent years. The analysis remains significant, regardless of the surrogate denominator chosen for analysis. No trend toward more rapid reporting of exposures was identified. Implementation of universal precautions appears to have contributed to decreased parenteral injuries in our hospital but did not affect reporting efficiency.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Clinical Infectious Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1994|
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