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Keeping the Workplace Safe in Troubled Times

David John Barnes, MB, FCCP
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Affiliations: Dr. Barnes is Associate Professor, The Royal Prince Alfred Medical Centre.

Correspondence to: David Barnes, MB, FCCP, The Royal Prince Alfred Medical Centre, Suite 413, 100 Carillon Ave, Newtown, NSW 2042, Australia; e-mail: davidb@med.usyd.edu.au


Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;136(4):956-957. doi:10.1378/chest.09-1132
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The protection of health-care workers (HCWs) from potentially transmissible diseases is a fundamental principle of occupational health and safety. All of us should be committed to providing the best possible care to our patients, but this principle should also be balanced by minimizing the risk of contracting the disease for which the patient is being treated. This balance is particularly relevant to HCWs involved in the management of patients with potentially transmissible respiratory infections.

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