Operating in a Yellow Nation; the frequency of hepatitis B and hepatitis C positive at a tertiary care teaching hospital

Abdul Waheed, Zafar-ul-Ahsan, Faisal Ahmed Zaeem, Mian Muhammad Shariff, Abdul Qayyum

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Abstract

Objects contaminated with blood and other body fluids of patients suffering from hepatitis B and C are an occupational health hazard to the health care personnel and a source of nosocomial spread. This descriptive cross sectional study estimated the frequency of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and anti hepatitis C antibody (Anti HCV) positive patients among those undergoing a urological procedure in a tertiary care teaching hospital. A sample size of 550 patients was estimated using Stat Calc for Epi Info. A cluster off 558 patients were included. Ninety five (17%) were positive for serum HBsAg and/or anti HCV by Elisa. Gender/sex, admission year, urological diagnosis did not predict statistically significant relationship with the positive status. Past surgical history was marginally significant. In conclusion, all patients undergoing a urological procedure should be checked for anti HCV and HBsAg. A solid policy outlining the preventive practices is needed to stop this high burden of hepatitis turning into public health disaster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1058-1060
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Volume60
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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Tertiary Healthcare
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis B
Teaching Hospitals
Hepatitis B Surface Antigens
Hepatitis C Antibodies
Body Fluids
Disasters
Occupational Health
Health Personnel
Sample Size
Hepatitis
Anti-Idiotypic Antibodies
Public Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
History
Delivery of Health Care
Serum

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Waheed, Abdul ; Zafar-ul-Ahsan ; Zaeem, Faisal Ahmed ; Shariff, Mian Muhammad ; Qayyum, Abdul. / Operating in a Yellow Nation; the frequency of hepatitis B and hepatitis C positive at a tertiary care teaching hospital. In: Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association. 2010 ; Vol. 60, No. 12. pp. 1058-1060.
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In: Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, Vol. 60, No. 12, 01.12.2010, p. 1058-1060.

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