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  1. Of course the extra health care worker testing is odd, literally against the policy "Choosing wisely"
  2. Here is the policy. http://www.cpso.on.ca/Policies-Publications/Policy/Blood-Borne-Viruses
  3. The career decision is whether the college will let you practice if you test positive. They do not have a policy on cure, the only thing that matters is patient safety, your career does not factor into the CPSO's concerns.
  4. And you guys forget the eye splash, happens very often, even with good PPE.
  5. Most surgeons, including myself, prick themselves in the OR once or twice a year, higher for residents. We don't routinely test for HIV or HCV preop, especially in emergency cases. It is not a controlled environment. You can tell me, but my understanding is that the prevalence of the two, HCV and HIV are increasing, and no one really knows what the risk is, the 1/300 number is a guess, I haven't found the original source.
  6. Don't forget, a false positive, while figuring it out, is all over your EMR, under your name. And you cannot practice during that time. And HCV is the bigger concern, the CPSO panel has not accepted HCV infection can be cured yet, it might take a few years.
  7. Totally right. And it can really f-ck up your career. You are at risk of catching it, but at zero risk of giving it to the patient. Meanwhile you are not allowed to practice.
  8. But one positive test ends your right to practice in Ontario, and it happens. And we don't know the true prevalence in the baby boom population. One positive test, I cannot do the only thing I know how to do...
  9. Exactly, so I just mention it so that you might use it as further information in choosing a specialty. The high risk in infecting a patient, as I best understand are surgeons and assistants in OBGYN, GEN. ORTHO. Not sure about the others.
  10. Yes, surgical specialties, they just made a list of the specialties that are high risk.
  11. Yes, but I don't think they have developed a policy on what defines cure. But they will immediately say you must stop practicing the second you test positive. And that is on your electronic medical record...
  12. If you get a needle stick and test positive for HIV or Hep C the following July in Ontario, you will have to stop practice if you are a surgeon. The CPSO requires you have clean blood every year to practice. I don't think the College of Dentistry has the same rules. Dr. McGraw
  13. If you get a needle stick and test positive for HIV or Hep C the following July in Ontario, you will have to stop practive. The CPSO requires you have clean blood every year to practice. Dr. McGraw
  14. Something to consider in considering a specialty, from a surgeon in practice. Every year you must prove you do not have HIV or Hep C to the College of Physicians and surgeons on Ontario. If you test positive, you may no longer operate. You may live the clean life of a Buddist monk, but if you get something splashed in your eye, or a needle stick from a patient with Hep C, you will no longer really be able to practice surgery. The Hepatologists figure there a a whole host of baby boomers out there infected with Hep C, thank you sexual revolution. Add this to the calculus of considering your future specialty, it would suck to have to change specialties, and be infected, in the middle of residency. Wish you luck in your career endeavors. Dr. McGraw
  15. Um, amazing story...have you been tested? I am not sure but I think a criminal record check and HIV test may be on the horizon or here now for medical school admission. I would recommend the test though, being positive and being a doctor would have the CPSO regulating your practice to low risk medical activities, whether right or not.
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