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Prevalence of immunoglobulin G to Helicobacter pylori among endoscopy nurses/technicians.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10222917     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to compare the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori (HP) seropositivity among gastroenterology nurses and technicians with that of the general population. Nurses attending the 1996 Indiana Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Spring and Fall Education Courses were asked to complete a checklist regarding employment, current symptoms, and use of universal precautions, and to have 3 ml blood drawn. These 138 blood specimens as well as 112 serum samples from generally age- and sex-matched blood donors (representing the general population) underwent qualitative HP antibody testing. Results showed that the prevalence of seropositivity for immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody for HP among the gastroenterology nurses and technicians was 19 of 138 (13.8%), which was less than that of the blood donor control group, whose seropositivity was 20 of 112 (17.9%). However, this difference failed to reach statistical significance. Seropositivity tended to increase with age, but there was no association between clinical symptomatology and seropositivity. Likewise, there was no difference in seropositivity between nurses assisting with endoscopic procedures for more than 10 years and those assisting for less than 10 years. Although the differences were not significant, these findings refute those of an earlier study in which the researchers found 122 gastroendoscopists and endoscopy nurses significantly more likely to be positive for HP antibodies. Therefore, the findings reported here provide important information.
M L Ellett; Q Lou; S K Chong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastroenterology nursing : the official journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1042-895X     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastroenterol Nurs     Publication Date:    1999 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-09-23     Completed Date:  1999-09-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8915377     Medline TA:  Gastroenterol Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis 46202-5107, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antibodies, Bacterial / blood*
Blood Donors
Endoscopy / nursing*
Helicobacter Infections / blood,  epidemiology*,  immunology
Helicobacter pylori / immunology*
Immunoglobulin G / immunology*
Indiana / epidemiology
Infection Control
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / statistics & numerical data*
Middle Aged
Nursing Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
Occupational Diseases / blood,  epidemiology*,  immunology
Operating Room Technicians / statistics & numerical data*
Population Surveillance
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Bacterial; 0/Immunoglobulin G

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