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Weekly poll: Hepatitis B protection for healthcare workers

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19 was designated as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States [1]. The CDC has identified protecting patients and workers from healthcare–associated viral hepatitis as one element in its comprehensive viral hepatitis action plan. In protecting healthcare workers from Hepatitis B, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends [2] that healthcare workers “with reasonably anticipated risk for exposures to blood or infectious body fluids receive the complete Hepatitis B vaccine series and have their immunity documented through postvaccination testing.”

Of the workers in your healthcare facility with reasonably anticipated risk for exposures to blood or infectious body fluids, what percentage do you estimate meet the ACIP recommendations for Hepatitis B vaccination and postvaccination testing? Take the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Weekly Poll and let us know.

After taking the survey, click here for the results. [4]

Don’t be part of the headlines. Prevent violence in your healthcare facility.
Two of today’s leading security experts will offer strategies to prevent workplace violence in healthcare during the 90-minute webcast Violence in Healthcare: [5] Proven Strategies to Keep Your Facility Safe [5]. They will discuss how you can stay compliant with government regulations, what you can do now to assess high-risk patients, and how to establish a violence prevention plan.For more information or to order, call 800/650-6787 and mention Source Code EOSHAB or visit The HCPro Healthcare Marketplace. [5]