New book offers information on bloodborne exposures

If you’re looking for information on how your bloodborne pathogen exposures compare to other facilities, a new book offers a compilation of information.

The International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has compiled articles from 1994 to 2003 published in the journal Advances in Exposure Prevention into the book, Preventing Occupational Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens.

It includes device-specific and setting-specific information from the EPINet data system.

"For us, it is the culmination of more than a decade of research in this area," says Jane Perry, MA, the center’s director of communications.

"As we work to improve compliance with sharps safety regulations, I think a lot of people are looking at ways to adapt these requirements to the unique patient care challenges of specific clinical settings," she says. "Data like these can provide guideposts for such efforts."

The book is available for $25 (including shipping and handling) from the International Health Care Worker Safety Center, P.O. Box 800764, Charlottesville, VA 22908, Phone: (434) 924-5159. Web site: www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/epinet/AEPBookWebsiteBlurb.cfm.