No longer ‘written off’ – times have changed for the BBV-infected dental professional

Bagg, J. , Roy, K., Hopps, L., Black, I., Croser, D., O'Halloran, C. and Ncube, F. (2017) No longer ‘written off’ – times have changed for the BBV-infected dental professional. British Dental Journal, 222(1), pp. 47-52. (doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.36) (PMID:28084394)

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Abstract

There is a recognised potential risk of transmission of blood-borne viruses (BBVs) from infected healthcare workers to patients during exposure prone procedures (EPPs). The restrictions placed on performance of EPPs by infected clinicians in the UK have had a particularly significant impact on dentists because of the exposure-prone nature of most dental procedures and the difficulties in identifying alternative career pathways in the profession that do not involve EPPs. More recently, the significant positive impact of antiviral drugs on viral load, together with a re-categorisation of EPPs in dentistry have resulted in evolution of the guidance with a consequent significant improvement to the career prospects of dentists infected with BBVs. This paper provides an update for practitioners on the progress that has been made and outlines the current position with respect to practice restrictions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Dr Kirsty and Bagg, Professor Jeremy
Authors: Bagg, J., Roy, K., Hopps, L., Black, I., Croser, D., O'Halloran, C., and Ncube, F.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Dental Journal
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
ISSN:0007-0610
ISSN (Online):1476-5373
Published Online:13 January 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
First Published:First published in British Dental Journal 222(1):47-52
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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