The HIV-infected health care worker: Legal, ethical, and scientific perspectives

Kathy C. Head, Lucy Bradley-Springer, David Sklar

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Abstract

Emergency medical health care workers may face restrictions on their practices as state responses to federal mandates concerning human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) evolve. This article presents an analysis of legal, ethical, and scientific considerations for making decisions about the practices of HIV-infected health care workers (HCWs). A four-factor product analysis is proposed for risk assessment, and recommendations are developed related to decreasing the risk of HIV transmission in the health care setting while maintaining HCW rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CDC guidelines
  • ethical issues
  • HIV-infected health care worker
  • informed consent
  • legal issues
  • right to work
  • significant risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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