Objective: To determine current use of universal precautions by practicing interventional radiologists in the United States. Methods: National survey mailed to interventional radiologists, conducted anonymously in November 1991. Of 1530 survey forms mailed to practicing interventional radiologists, 817 (53%) were returned and 804 (52%) were completed and evaluable. Both academic and private practice settings were represented. Results: Eighty-five percent of respondents had changed their use of infection control measures in the previous 10 years. Of these, 96% cited personal concerns about AIDS as a reason for making changes. Sixty-two percent made changes in response to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommendations as well. Use of barrier precautions was quite variable. Although 86% of respondents always wore a sterile gown during procedures, only 32% routinely wore a face mask or shield and only 29% of those who did not wear corrective glasses routinely wore protective eye gear during procedures. Seven percent of respondents routinely double gloved for procedures. Twenty percent of reported percutaneous injuries occurred during recapping of used sharps; an additional 6% were related to improper disposal of used sharps. Conclusions: We conclude that use of universal precautions by interventional radiologists in the United States is variable. Some practices that may lead to preventable injury to health care workers remain common.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases