Risk to Police Officers from Biohazards Encountered in Police Work

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Authors
  1. Trottier, A.
  2. Brown, J.
Corporate Authors
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Abstract
The risk of contracting infectious disease in the course of police work is reviewed. The specific focus is on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis and tuberculosis. A review of the relevant literature and an assessment of the biohazard risk specific to police work is provided. The risk of AIDS and hepatitis C is seen to be less than the risk of hepatitis B. For these blood borne diseases, universal precaution are recommended. The application of such precautions to policing is outlined. Immunisation against hepatitis B is recommended. Tuberculosis is seen as a possibly increasing risk. A programme of surveillance is recommended. A review of post-exposure management is provided.
Keywords
Police -- Health risk assessment;Communicable diseases -- Transmission -- Risk factors;AIDS (Disease);Tuberculosis;Hepatitis B;Hepatitis C;Police -- Health and hygiene
Report Number
HV7936.H4;TR-02-1997E;TR-02-97 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 1995
Number of Pages
7
Reprinted from
Journal of clinical forensic medicine, v. 2, n. 2 (1995)
DSTKIM No
CA031199
CANDIS No
530002
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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