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

Nicola D. Thompson , PhD, Ryan T. Novak , PhD, Deblina Datta , MD, Susanne Cotter , MBBS, Matthew J. Arduino , DRPH, Priti R. Patel , MD, Ian T. Williams , PhD and Stephanie R. Bialek , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 30, No. 9 (September 2009), pp. 900-903
DOI: 10.1086/605472
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/605472
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Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Hemodialysis Units: Importance of Infection Control Practices and Aseptic Technique
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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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