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Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Vol.61 No.2 June 2010. -

Healthcare workers are at risk of occupationally-acquired viral infections such as human immunodefi ciency virus HIV, hepatitis B HBV, and hepatitis C HCV. HCV is parenterally transmitted and has been found in every part of the world. This cross-sectional study was conducted to establish the awareness and attitude about HCV infections among 210 full-time and part-time nursing students of the Medical College in Bitola, Macedonia ‘from May to June 2009. For this purpose we used a self-administered questionnaire which consisted of three parts. The fi rst included demographic data, the second included questions about causes of infection, mode of transmission, symptoms, acute and chronic hepatitis, and prevention, and the

third questions about students’ attitude toward patients with suspect or confi rmed HCV infection. Full-time students showed higher HCV awareness 84 % than part-time students 69 %. 58 % of the full-time and 79 % of the part-time students said they would not avoid professional contact with suspect or HCV infected patients. Our study has shown that even though both groups of students have a suffi cient knowledge about HCV to face future challenges, they need further education on the subject. Practical recommendations

would help to reduce stigmatising behaviour still further.

bloodborne pathogens; healthcare workers; occupational risk

Autor: Viktorija Prodanovska-Stojčevska - ; Ul. Prevalec 21, 7000 Bitola, Macedonia Rozalinda Isjanovska - ; Faculty of Medicine, Sts.



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