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Blood splashes to the eyes in oral and maxillofacial surgery, and the risks of HIV transmission.


Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1991 Oct;29(5):338-40. Unique Identifier :

The risk of transmission of HIV through blood and saliva splashes to the mucous membranes around the face is unknown. Orthopaedic surgeons are very aware of possible risks and are beginning to take appropriate precautions. This present study indicates that oral and maxillofacial surgeons have similar risk factors, and the minimal precaution of wearing protective glasses should be recommended for all intraoral and extraoral surgery.

Adult Anesthesia, Dental Anesthesia, General Anesthesia, Local *Blood Eye Foreign Bodies/*ETIOLOGY Eye Protective Devices Female Human HIV Infections/*TRANSMISSION Male Occupational Diseases/*ETIOLOGY Osteotomy/INSTRUMENTATION Risk Factors Saliva *Surgery, Oral Surgical Instruments Time Factors JOURNAL ARTICLE


Information in this article was accurate in March 30, 1992. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.