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Management of HIV infected health care workers: lessons from three cases.
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PMID:  8620136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three cases in which doctors in Glasgow were diagnosed as having HIV infection were all handled differently in relation to telling patients and the media. In the first patients were not told because the doctor had been doing administrative work and there was thought to be no risk to patients; although the media did report the case, it accepted the assurances given. In the second case, where a doctor had done many jobs in different specialties and places, the media identified the doctor before most patients had been informed: most calls to the helpline subsequently set up by the health authority were from patients who had not been treated by this doctor. This episode, however, allowed the incident team to be prepared for the next case, enabling the helpline to be established swiftly. In this case the doctor voluntarily identified himself, and this served to allay public fears and reduce the number of inappropriate calls to the helpline.
J Pell; L Gruer; P Christie; D Goldberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  312     ISSN:  0959-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ     Publication Date:  1996 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-06-18     Completed Date:  1996-06-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900488     Medline TA:  BMJ     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1150-2; discussion 1152-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM; X    
Department of Public Health, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Glasgow.
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MeSH Terms
Contact Tracing
HIV Infections* / diagnosis,  therapy
Hospital-Patient Relations*
Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient
Institutional Management Teams
Medical Staff, Hospital*
Risk Factors
Risk Management*

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