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Is there any evidence that HCV has been spread during medical or dental procedures?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hep C transmission

There have been several well-known instances of this occurring.
Investigation always reveals a failure to follow standard precauations. Hep c outbreak in las vegas was due to crna re-using syringes. Elsewhere failure to clean scopes properly has led to issues.

In brief: Hep C transmission

There have been several well-known instances of this occurring.
Investigation always reveals a failure to follow standard precauations. Hep c outbreak in las vegas was due to crna re-using syringes. Elsewhere failure to clean scopes properly has led to issues.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

In countries where standard precautions are followed there can be no spread as long as the use of single use needles and surgical instruments and tubings are followed.

In brief: Depends

In countries where standard precautions are followed there can be no spread as long as the use of single use needles and surgical instruments and tubings are followed.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

As long as standard precautions and other infection control practices are used consistently, medical and dental procedures performed in the United States generally do not pose a risk for the spread of hcv.
Hcv has been spread in health care settings when injection equipment, such as syringes, was shared between patients or when injectable medications or intravenous solutions were mishandled.

In brief: Yes

As long as standard precautions and other infection control practices are used consistently, medical and dental procedures performed in the United States generally do not pose a risk for the spread of hcv.
Hcv has been spread in health care settings when injection equipment, such as syringes, was shared between patients or when injectable medications or intravenous solutions were mishandled.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dr. Richard Ruden
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In brief: Hep and dental tx

Yes it is possible to spread hcv to others during dental treatment due to aerosal of the virus during drilling.
It is recommended to treat all patients as potentially infected and take standard precautions as often pts are unaware they may have virus or bacteria at time of treatment.

In brief: Hep and dental tx

Yes it is possible to spread hcv to others during dental treatment due to aerosal of the virus during drilling.
It is recommended to treat all patients as potentially infected and take standard precautions as often pts are unaware they may have virus or bacteria at time of treatment.
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
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