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Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Hemodialysis Units Importance of Infection Control Practices and Aseptic Technique

  • Nicola D. Thompson (a1), Ryan T. Novak (a1), Deblina Datta (a1), Susanne Cotter (a1), Matthew J. Arduino (a2), Priti R. Patel (a2), Ian T. Williams (a1) and Stephanie R. Bialek (a1)...
Abstract

We investigated 4 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection outbreaks at hemodialysis units to identify practices associated with transmission. Apparent failures to follow recommended infection control precautions resulted in patient-to-patient HCV transmission, through cross-contamination of the environment or intravenous medication vials. Fastidious attention to aseptic technique and infection control precautions are essential to prevent HCV transmission.

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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