Background: Physicians, if affected by transmissible or impairing diseases, could be hazardous for third persons.
Aim: To solve the apparent chasm between patient’s and sick worker’s rights, a consensus-building process leading to hospital-wide policies is the better alternative to individual decision making.
Conclusions: Policies have to balance the rights of the sick worker, the right of the other workers, patients and customers, and society’s expectations.
- BB, bloodborne
- CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- EPP, exposure-prone procedures
- HBV, hepatitis B virus
- HCO, healthcare organisation
- HCV, hepatitis C virus
- HCW, healthcare worker
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