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Good Practice Guidelines for Renal Dialysis/Transplant Units: Prevention and Control of Blood-Borne Virus Infection

Author(s)Recommendations of a working group convened by the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS - now Health Protection Agency (HPA)) on behalf of the Department of Health
AbstractThe guidance contains recommendation, primarily for renal haemodialysis units, from a Public Health Laboratory Service (Now HPA) Working Group. The recommendations are largely precautionary and designed to maintain the good record of dialysis units and renal transplantation units in the UK in preventing the transmission of BBV infection. They advocate strict observance of universal precautions to minimise the risk of BBV transmission in renal units with adequate space, staffing and vigilance by staff and local risk assessment to determine any further measures that may be necessary but including isolation and/or segregation of patients with BBV’s during dialysis.
The guidance includes sections on: -
Potential viral hazards in dialysis units
Survey of practice in UK dialysis units
Health and safety requirements and principles of clinical governance
Immunisation against hepatitis B
Testing patients for BBV infection
Routine precautions against BBV infection
Management of BBV infected patients
Equipment and prevention of BBV transmission
Occupational health and staff fitness to work in dialysis units
Analysis of results of survey of renal units and developments since the
report of the Rosenheim Advisory Group
Although the guidance is applies primarily to renal dialysis units there are aspects that will also apply to other units such as wards in which haemodialysis is undertaken including intensive therapy units.
Date of publishing09/03/2002
Date of last review by us01/26/2011
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Click here for full reviewSue WisemanThe guidance outlines recommendations which are largely precautionary and designed to maintain the good record of dialysis units and renal transplantation units in the UK in preventing the transmission of BBV infection. . . .






 





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