The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has proposed a new infection control standard. As part of emergency management activities, organizations should prepare to respond to epidemics or infections likely to require expanded care capabilities over an extended period of time.
Like most cardiac surgeons, William Fiser, MD, of Little Rock, AR, occasionally cut or nicked his hand during delicate procedures. He did not use blunt suture needles or double gloves. He did not routinely order blood tests on himself or his patients after blood exposures.