Table 3.

HBV transmission from infected health care workers to patients

SpecialtyNo. infected/no. of patients tested (% infected)Reference
Cardiac surgery5/69 (7.2) 73
Coronary artery bypass grafting18/231 (7.3) 137
Orthopedic surgery49/1532 (3.2)Johnston et al.a
Obstetrics and gynecology25/250 (10) 162
 Hysterectomy10/42 (24) 162
 Caesarean section10/51 (19.5) 162
General dentistry23/711 (3.2) 141
Oral surgery6/395 (1.5) 72
52/570 (9.1) 65
52/511 (10.2) 138
  • a B. L. Johnston, D. B. Langille, and J. C. Le Blanc, Conf. Prevent. Transm. Blood-Borne Pathogens Surg. Obstet., 1994, abstr. A52.