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Health care worker follow-up compliance after occupational bloodborne pathogens exposure: A brief report

      Highlights

      • A retrospective cohort study examining compliance was conducted.
      • HIV seropositive exposed individuals less likely to comply with follow-up.
      • HCV seropositive exposed individuals less likely to comply with follow-up.
      A retrospective cohort study was conducted examining health care worker (HCW) compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations following occupational bloodborne pathogen (BBP) exposure. HCWs with a BBP exposure from a known HIV- or hepatitis C virus-seropositive individual were less likely to complete recommended follow-up compared with HCWs with seronegative source patient exposures (adjusted odds ratio, 0.02 and 0.09, respectively). Continued targeted education and extra vigilance in performing postexposure surveillance are warranted in this higher-risk population.

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