60 Years
15 May 2013

Preamble

 

In Singapore, healthcare workers (HCW) who are diagnosed with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriage are not allowed to perform exposure prone procedures. The Ministry of Health has a directive (MOH Directive 6/2007) forbidding employment of new healthcare workers who are HBV carriers. In addition, local medical, dental and dental hygiene and therapy, and nursing schools are not allowed to admit applicants who are HBV carriers.

 

In view of the advances in the management of Hepatitis B and other blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV, as well as the experience in other jurisdictions in their management of healthcare workers with such blood borne diseases, the College of Dental Surgeons, Singapore, formed a workgroup comprising representatives from the College of Dental Surgeons, Singapore, the College of Surgeons, Singapore, the Chapter of Infectious Disease Physicians and the Chapter of Gastroenterologists of the College of Physicians, Singapore, to publish a position paper on the management of healthcare workers with blood borne diseases.

 

The objective of this paper is to aid regulators in their formation of evidence-based regulations affecting the practice of healthcare workers in Singapore as well as to educate HCWs on the management of their serologic status.

 

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