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ENT and OMFS exposure prone procedure categorisation

EPPs and non-EPPs carried out in ear, nose and throat (ENT) and oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), categorised by levels of risk of bleed-back.

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Ear, nose and throat (ENT) and oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation

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The UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP) specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) and oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS) working group has compiled a list of exposure prone procedures (EPPs) and non-EPPs carried out in ENT and OMFS.

Each procedure has been categorised into the level of risk of bleed-back (EPP level 0 to 3) where injury to the healthcare worker (HCW) could result in the worker’s blood contaminating a patient’s open tissues.

This list is not exhaustive of all procedures carried out in ENT or OMFS, but is to be used as a guide only (namely for EPP clearance and patient lookbacks).

Published 19 October 2017