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Risky business; healthcare that is

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 26, 2008

A study from the CDC has just confirmed what many healthcare workers probably could have guessed.here.

The study, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, shows that healthcare workers are more likely to die from bloodborne infections and related illnesses than any other occupation.

 

During a 20-year period from 1984-2004, the study used the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance system to track the link between healthcare employment and death from HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Being a male nurse more than doubles your chance of death from HIV, and nearly doubles hepatitis B mortality, according to Reuters.

Female healthcare workers on the other hand, were 31% less likely to die from HIV than women working in other occupations.

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