Doctor-to-patient transmission of viral hepatitis B: is it a problem, is there a solution?


Schalm Dr Department of Hepatogastroenterology, University Hospital Rotterdam, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


It is well-established that hepatitis B may be transmitted from surgeons to their patients. Clear strategies are needed to reduce the risk of transmission whilst not discriminating unnecessarily against surgeons who may pose no risks to their patients. This review outlines the current position and provides a blueprint for action that may reduce the risks to patients whilst minimizing the impact on practising surgeons.