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Patterns in the Offering of Hepatitis B Prophylaxis by US Emergency Department Physicians

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 April 2017

Roland C. Merchant
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
Reza Keshavarz
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
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Abstract

US emergency department physicians surveyed were more likely to offer hepatitis B prophylaxis to patients after unknown hepatitis B status needlestick injuries than sexual exposures, especially consensual sex. There was no difference in willingness to offer prophylaxis with respect to patient occupation or age or with respect to ED physicians' demographic and professional characteristics.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2006

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