Occupational Hazards of Health Care Personnel-II. Respiratory infections. Droplet infection. droplets from patients with these infections could reach persons located 6 feet or more from their source. 1 Inch = 2.54 cm, 1 Feet = 30.48 cm
The hospital epidemiology program must work closely with the employee health service. Issues such as the management of exposure to blood-borne pathogens and other communicable diseases (e.g., varicella, influenza, meningococcal disease, tuberculosis) require a concerted effort by the two groups.
In addition, the employee health service is responsible for ensuring that health care workers are fit for duty and free of communicable diseases. At the time of employment, workers should be reviewed to ensure that they have adequate immunity against illnesses such as rubella, measles, mumps, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and varicella.
In addition, baseline and periodic skin testing for tuberculosis should be performed, as well as postexposure testing. The employee health service should proactively and creatively devise delivery systems that encourage compliance with and remove barriers to annual influenza vaccination by all health care workers.
If no previous chickenpox history, antibody (spesific varicella IgG level should be known)