The Infected Oral Healthcare Worker

  • Martin R. Fulford
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)


What risk does the dental team pose to patients when they are infected with a chronic blood-borne disease? Are the standard precautions enough to protect patients from infected members of the dental team or should their range of clinical duties be modified or even stopped?

Further Reading

  1. Bagg J, Roy K, Hopps L, Black I, Croser D, O’Halloran C, Ncube F. No longer ‘written off’ – times have changed for the BBV-infected dental professional. Br Dent J. 2017;222(1):47–52.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Pereira MC, Mello FW, Ribeiro DM, Porporatti AL, da Costa S Jr, Flores-Mir C, Gianoni Capenakas S, Dutra KL. Prevalence of reported percutaneous injuries on dentists: a meta-analysis. J Dent. 2018;76:9–18.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Pozzetto B, Memmi M, Garraud O, Roblin X, Berthelot P. Health care-associated hepatitis C virus infection. World J Gastroenterol. 2014;20(46):17265–78.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Riddell A, Kennedy I, Tong CY. Management of sharps injuries in the healthcare setting. BMJ. 2015;351:h3733.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin R. Fulford
    • 1
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.WedmoreUK
  2. 2.East LydfordUK

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