Obstetrics and gynaecology: exposure prone procedure categories

UKAP categorisation of exposure prone procedures (EPPs) carried out in obstetrics and gynaecology, by risk of bleed-back and BBV transmission by an infected HCW.


Obstetrics and gynaecology exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation


The UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP) specialist obstetrics and gynaecology working group have compiled a list of exposure prone procedures (EPPs) and non-EPPs carried out in obstetrics and gynaecology.

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 and subsequent BBV transmission occurring from the HCW to the patient.

This list is not exhaustive of all procedures carried out in obstetrics and gynaecology, but is to be used as a guide only (namely for EPP clearance in occupational health settings and patient look-backs).

Published 14 March 2018