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Queensland Health
Extract from Infection Control Guidelines: Guidelines for Management of Occupational and Non-Occupational Exposures to Blood and Body Fluids
Queensland Health, November 2001, 28 pp

"These guidelines replace the following Queensland Health documents: Guidelines for Management of Needlestick Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure 1997 Guidelines for the Management of Non-Occupational Exposure to HIV and HBV June 2000. This document represents an amalgamation of the above guidelines because the underlying principles of post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) management are the same. There are some philosophical and source population differences regarding occupational verses nonoccupational exposures and these have been referred to throughout the document. The guidelines have been merged to promote efficiency and consistency in management of blood/body fluid exposures in general. An increasing demand by Queensland practitioners for access to post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) after non-occupational exposure, as a public health intervention, established the need for guidelines to be developed to assist practitioners in providing consistent and appropriate responses to the management of non-occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens."

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