Navigation Links
Misuse of anesthesia could cause hepatitis virus transmission
Date:7/22/2010

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be transmitted during intravenous (IV) administration of anesthesia, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. In this study, doctors found that anesthesia contamination not endoscopy contamination was the cause of infection.

Efforts are needed to better educate the health-care community on the importance of strict adherence to sterile techniques when using any form of anesthesia. The study findings highlight the fact that many instances of health care-related HBV and HCV virus transmission probably go undetected. The true magnitude of this problem is therefore unknown.

Doctors investigated an outbreak of acute HBV and HCV infections among patients who received anesthesia during endoscopy procedures from the same anesthesiologist in two different gastroenterology clinics. They identified six cases of outbreak-associated HCV infection and six cases of outbreak-associated HBV infection in one clinic; one outbreak-associated HCV infection was identified in a second clinic. All affected patients in both clinics received propofol from this anesthesiologist, who inappropriately used a single-use vial of propofol for multiple patients. Reuse of syringes to re-dose patients, with resulting contamination of medication vials used for subsequent patients, likely resulted in viral transmission.

These findings are consistent with other investigations of HBV and HCV infection in health-care settings: contamination of anesthesia or other IV medications was far more likely to be responsible for transmission of HBV or HCV than the equipment used in the patients' medical procedures.

The doctors' study results increase concerns regarding infection control practices and use of shared medication vials for anesthesia administration to multiple patients, especially in outpatient settings where infection control oversight is limited and procedures such as endoscopies are increasingly performed. Physicians diagnosing patients with acute viral hepatitis should report these cases to their local health department and carefully consider the role of health-care exposures, especially among those who do not report traditional risk factors for infection.

Together, increased education and policies limiting use of medication vials to single patients for IV anesthesia should reduce the risk for health care-associated HBV and HCV transmission.


'/>"/>

Contact: Alissa J. Cruz
media@gastro.org
301-272-1603
American Gastroenterological Association
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. ER Visits Soaring for Prescription Painkiller Misuse
2. Study: Carbon Monoxide Exposure Can be Reduced During Routine Anesthesia in Kids
3. Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas Offers Milder Anesthesia for Outpatient Procedures
4. Repeated Anesthesia May Hamper Childrens Learning Ability
5. Premier Anesthesia Forges New Partnership with Texas Hospital
6. Could PCBs Help Boost Blood Pressure?
7. Could waiting 2 minutes improve how newborns recover from heart surgery?
8. Rare Blood Vessel Disease Could Have New Treatment Option
9. Could Having a Bigger Head Help Slow Alzheimers?
10. Sleep Apnea Could Raise Heart Risks for Older Men
11. Universal HIV testing and immediate treatment could reduce but not eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... HealthiPASS, Inc., announces ... creating a positive patient experience. , HealthiPASS has further enhanced its predictive ... by helping them understand their financial responsibility. “Our latest release focuses on ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... Nearly ... should not undergo PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening, the cancer screening continues to stir controversy. ... 2008 because it found that the risks outweighed the benefits. Now, news from ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... , ... The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has recently ... in Wellness® companies for 2017. , American Specialty Health (ASH) was honored ... for its employees. ASH is one of only nine other San Diego companies being ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 22, 2017 , ... Winter ... reduces pigmentation to enhance surgical and nonsurgical procedures—Lytera 2.0 by SkinMedica. Lytera 2.0 ... the face, neck and décolletage in as little as 4 weeks. Skin pigmentation ...
(Date:3/20/2017)... ... ... The topic of healthcare in America has become one of the most ... is that they are still left without the health insurance coverage they need in ... that an unfortunate side-effect of this scenario is that hospital emergency rooms and urgent ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... , March 22, 2017 ... the growing legal cannabis industry is strongly contributing to ... provides comprehensive analysis and reporting for the cannabis industry, ... create more than a quarter million jobs for American ... $7.2 billion in 2016, and is projected to grow ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... March 22, 2017  As the world,s leading non-profit ... Society (LLS) has played a role in most therapies ... which are even helping patients with other cancers and ... significant investment in cutting-edge research – more than $1 ... grow with the record-breaking sum of $4.1 million raised ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... SANTA CLARA, Calif. , March 22, 2017 ... diagnostic cardiology  solutions segment, Frost & Sullivan recognizes ... Sullivan Company of the Year Award. GE Healthcare,s ... offer end-to-end cardiac solutions has allowed it to ... competitive cardiac monitoring products space. In addition to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: