[Hepatitis C virus screening in hospitals]

Kisser A
Record ID 32016001021
Authors' objectives: Health care personnel regularly carrying out invasive procedures have a higher risk for exposure with HCV positive blood through needle stick injuries. The aim of this study was to analyse the appropriateness of preoperative/preinterventional HCV testing in patients, using available data on the prevalence and transmission risk and in comparison to international guideline recommendations.
Authors' recommendations: The effectiveness of HCV-tests in patients to prevent infections in HCW or even reduce needle-stick injuries is not supported by evidence. Current guidelines recommend to universally apply precautions in order to minimise needle stick injuries. Recommendations on preoperative HCV screening prior to elective surgeries are based on expert consensus: no clinical studies could be identified that analysed the effectiveness of the testing on infection prevention.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2016
URL for additional information: http://eprints.hta.lbg.ac.at/1103/
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Austria
MeSH Terms
  • Humans
  • Hepatitis C
  • Health Personnel
  • Needlestick Injuries
  • Prevalence
  • Risk
Organisation Name: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment
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