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Exposure-prone procedure

Defined by the Infection Control Guidelines2 as a subset of ‘invasive procedures’ characterised by the potential for direct contact between the skin (usually finger or thumb) of the health care worker and sharp surgical instruments, needles or sharp tissues (spicules of bone or teeth) in body cavities or in poorly visualised or confined body sites (including the mouth). In the broader sense, an exposure-prone procedure is considered to be any situation where there is a potentially high risk of transmission of blood borne disease from health care worker to patient during medical or dental procedures. 



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