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Hepatitis B and Exposure prone procedures in Podiatry

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Foot Doc, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Foot Doc

    Foot Doc Active Member


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    Hi ALL,

    I recently read an article on the net regarding how medical practitioners who have infectious diseases can not perform Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP). What are these procedures?

    Can anyone help me with regards to Exposure Prone Procedure in Podiatry practice within Australia? And what podiatrists aren't allowed to do if they have infectious diseases such as Hep B, C and the likes?


    Thanks to all in advance,

    FD
     
  2. pgcarter

    pgcarter Well-Known Member

    Never heard anything in particular said about it. But I don't have one of those conditions. Can't imagine what may be extra risk apart from nail surgery or care for big open wounds, which does not happen much in private practice I don't think. I'll be curious to see what pops up here.
    regards Phill
     
  3. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    from the National Infection Control Guidelines for Podiatrists

     
  4. Foot Doc

    Foot Doc Active Member

    Thanks for the reply,

    It seems that by that definition a general podiatrist can continue to operate in the same way he/she does even if they have an infectious disease. Or am i wrong?

    Cheers,

    FD
     
  5. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    I would agree.
     
  6. Foot Doc

    Foot Doc Active Member

    Hi Tuckersm and all,

    I am currently discussing the topic with a future Podiatry student who has an infectious disease.

    Is nail surgery (ie: wedge resections and total nail avulsions), and curette surgery of warts, and giving injections in general podiatry practice considered Exposure Prone Procedures?

    From the research i have done, it seems that only Podiatric surgeons would be unable to practice certain procedures as they fall in to the category of "exposure prone".

    I can't seem to find anything specific that lists what can and can't be done, so i think i'll advise this person to speak to the head of the Podiatry school he's planning on applying to.


    Thanks again for the useful replies,

    Cheers,

    FD
     
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