Hospitals are failing to manage the occupational exposure of their healthcare staff to blood and body fluids, according to doctors at London's St Thomas' Hospital.
Out-of-hours management of occupational body fluid exposures, particularly when it came to prescribing post-exposure prophylaxis against HIV, was inconsistent with in-hours practice.
A total of 177 body fluid exposures were reported over a six-month period, 109 of which were initially assessed in the OH department and 68 in A&E.
Of those originally assessed in A&E, only 21 attended the OH department for follow-up.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002; 59: 415-418.